From the Studio #3

Squeeze Me

When I have the time and energy, it’s fun and instructive to attempt to record a big band arrangement. In the 1920s, ten or nine, even 8 piece orchestras were considered big bands, normally consisting of three saxes and a brass section with two trumpets and a trombone. The rhythm came from piano, banjo, tuba or string bass, and drums. This arrangement is taken from Clarence Williams, who most often left out the drums. It was nice to play the tuba part. In the beginning of the 1990s, I tried a big sousaphone in a shop in Stockholm, went home and could not forget the sound that it made. So I bought it—a big Conn Lady face model.