Gershwin and the Rhythm Question: Part I.

I came across a youtube of Goodman’s 1945 band playing Fascinating Rhythm: it’s vile – reason enough on its own for the demise of the Swing Bands. So how would I introduce the song to someone who didn’t know it (if such there be )? The best conventional recording I’ve found is not by a jazz band but by a dance band – the Savoy Orpheans. Makes yer prahd to be British. It’s got the lyrics too.

Two miniatures, starting with The Cheesemonger – the fellow who spoiled youthful hours by intruding the odious I Left My Heart in Sanfranbloodycisco into innocent heads. In view of his performance here I’d reduce his sentence (i.e. no drawing and quartering).

T’other miniature is a solo on the old joanna. My golly.

Another duet – two classical musicians: not vulgar but Bulgar.

Lastly, young Master Cullum uses his piano as bongo drums. Vulgar all right, but it works too.

Some tune, eh?

2 Responses to “Gershwin and the Rhythm Question: Part I.”

  1. James Higham July 23, 2012 at 15:06 Permalink

    Liked it, Dearieme. More please.

  2. dearieme July 24, 2012 at 19:49 Permalink

    Gershwin Part II

    I was going to do another “rhythm” piece, on “I Got Rhythm”, but then I decided that the tune was far inferior to “Fascinating Rhythm”, and rethought.

    We start with some fine pipes.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxckX1QBo0o&feature=related

    Then a trio of Mr Wild’s etudes.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTo-Nk6G79g&feature=relmfu
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxpBxfaIHyU&feature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJXG9CQRvpA&feature=related

    And then a Fantasy on P & B.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4bHYJ-fimY

    How’s dat?

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