In the American songbook, there are Standards and there are Standards. This would be a front cover of Standard Magazine. “All of Me” by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons was first recorded by singer Ruth Etting.
This was later recorded and performed by many others including Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and even Frank Sinatra. Mildred Bailey’s lilting vocal helped put this great song on the map, with this early recording by Paul Whiteman’s orchestra.
The Paul Whiteman Orchestra famously pushed the boundaries of jazz by incorporating classical orchestration into big band arrangements. Whiteman commissioned and debuted George Gershwin’s groundbreaking “Rhapsody In Blue” in 1924, and his symphonic jazz style influenced many greats who followed – including Miles Davis, Gil Evans and later Winton Marsalis. Here’s an early recording by Paul Whiteman Orchestra – the classic horn player anthem, “Doo Wacka Doo.”
Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars recorded “Struttin’ With Some Barbecue” in Chicago, Illinois on December 9, 1927. The moment was captured in a crisp recording that is as impressive as it is pure fun. Armstrong’s inspired composition and tight arrangement are brought to life by one of the hottest big bands of all time. Ripped to mp3 from a well preserved 78 RPM vinyl side, this ebullient instrumental classic is free to enjoy and share, hosted by the good folks at archive.org.
There is some debate as to the origin of this Duke Ellington title. “Washington Wobble” might pay tribute to the earthquake-prone Evergreen State; Others claim it refers to Elmer Fudd, describing our elected or appointed officials and their well-heeled lobbyists in Ellington’s birthplace of Washington, DC! Either way, it cooks from start to finish with some great up-tempo section work and lively solo playing, and today is a fine day to post some classic American music.
This up-beat instrumental by Duke Ellington was recorded in 1928. “Jubilee Stomp” cooks from beginning to end, carrying with it all the energy and rhythm of urban America in the Roaring ’20s. This well mastered mp3 delivers the warmth and sparkle of the original 78 RPM release.
A brilliant recording from the great Louis Armstrong, “Old Man Mose” has a swingin’ beat that will have your feet tappin’ and your hands clappin’. Enjoy this beautifully remastered cut that’s sure to delight a whole new generation of jazz fans. So cool, so hot.
Here’s a magnificent recording of Duke Ellington’s orchestra performing “Louisiana.” Back then there was no such thing as an overdub, much less any auto-tune or fancy editing software. Heck, you even had to mix the record while you were playing it into one mic! These cats could play for real. What a joy to hear such craft and art, delivered with humor and heart.