From the Studio #4

Alexander’s Ragtime Band

I don’t know if it is this, White Christmas, or maybe another tune that was the most successful in the eyes of their composer, Irving Berlin. But Alexander’s is far better to use in a jam session. It has been recorded by many jazzmen, from Red Nichols to Bunk Johnson. Since the verse is in one key and the chorus in another, it’s fitting well to make a transition from C to F.

This is rather long, and you might get bored, but I was not. In fact, it was a mistake. When I record the rhythm instrument first I try to remember how many choruses I have to fill, but I counted wrong and thought that it was finished one chorus early. But that is what sometimes happens in live gigs too, so I didn’t edit; I thought it was interesting to leave it this way.