From the Record Shelves #242 - In the EveningFrom the Record Shelves #242 – In the Evening – I made my first trip to Paris in 1969 and came back with an LP featuring one of my idols. It starts with this tune by Leroy Carr. I put it on the turntable, and the outstanding vocal performance, the guitar playing, and (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #241 - Without a SongFrom the Record Shelves #241 – Without a Song – In December 1969, Freddie Hubbard (1938–2008) was in Europe, as this live recording proves. That year on July 21, I came home from work, and some relatives had gathered to celebrate my 20th birthday. They were in front of (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #240 - Close Fit BluesFrom the Record Shelves #240 – Close Fit Blues – In Clarence Williams rich output of records between 1927 and the Depression, there are two distinct kinds: the washboard bands and the ones with a tuba, and this LP has material from the latter category. The aim with which (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #239 - Barbara SurrendersFrom the Record Shelves #239 – Barbara Surrenders – Today’s soundtrack to my breakfast is not happy—not a very positive one. And how could it be when Johnny Mandel’s great jazz score was written for a dramatic and tragic, reality based film in which Susan Hayward (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #238 - Sing OnFrom the Record Shelves #238 – Sing On – Today I will not say much myself; instead I give the word to Richard Hadlock, who wrote the liner notes in 1986: “New Orleans jazz, music which strikes many listeners as ingenuously blithe and sportive, is, for its players, a life and (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #237 - Here Comes My Ball and ChainFrom the Record Shelves #237 – Here Comes My Ball and Chain – I treasure this RCA Vintage Series LP record. The Coon-Sanders Nighthawk Orchestra from Kansas City became famous through national radio broadcasts, starting in 1922. A couple of years later they moved their activities to Chicago, and their recorded output for Victor which then followed comprised about 80 titles (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #236 - Farewell BluesFrom the Record Shelves #236 – Farewell Blues – I have a faint memory of seeing his name as a piano accompanist to a striptease act here in Malmö, Sweden, in the 1960s. I was too young to be allowed into that venue. Claude Hopkins (1903–1984) had a long career (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #235 - What’s NewFrom the Record Shelves #235 – What’s New – When I started to buy records I did not have much money, and the records were expensive. I may remember it wrong, but in my mind the price of a record in the 1960s was about the same as a pair of jeans. I had to concentrate on (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #234 - MelancholyFrom the Record Shelves #234 – Melancholy – There’s a special atmosphere in this fine recording featuring Johnny Dodds and Louis Armstrong. This is April 1927, and the couple plus drummer Baby Dodds recorded the tune again only a few weeks later (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #233 - Careless LoveFrom the Record Shelves #233 – Careless Love – In the 1970s when cassette radios came about, I sometimes recorded our gigs. One of the guys I played with got extremely nervous, so I had to hide the machine in a bag and put it near the loudspeakers. This live recording (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #232 - All Night Long ShagsFrom the Record Shelves #232 – All Night Long Shags – There are at least four things to mention regarding this trio recording under the name of the Chicago Hottentots. First Richard M. Jones, who, besides being, as he is here, an effective pianist, had his finger (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #231 - FlashesFrom the Record Shelves #231 – Flashes – As you can expect, there is a display of Bunny Berigan’s virtuosity and talent here, a lot of “take it, Bunny!” where he shows off his skills and power. Impressive as it is, I still prefer the reading of a handful of arrangements (…) read more and listenread more and listen