the first stone

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Thursday, April 30, 2009


This song is legendary, and is another that has been done by about everybody. My favorite will always be the Cab Calloway version featured in the Betty Boop cartoon with Koko the Clown (youtube). King Oliver is considered one of the earliest inventors/innovators in Jazz best known for bringing a young Louis Armstrong into the fold and composing one of his best songs ever :::> "West End Blues". This picture does not really give the mood of the song which is generally a dirge, but I couldn't resist it. The arrangement of this song is definitely a nod to what Duke Ellington was doing at the time (finely sculpted solos and dark horn section counterpoints alĂ  "East St. Louis Toodle-oo). Pleae check the cartoon link above, the sound is bad but the animation mixed with Calloway's performance is amazing.

King Oliver with "St. James Infirmary"

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