domingo, febrero 28, 2010


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Esquire All Americans Winners
Blow me down (1946)
Victor 40-0134

Esquire All Americans Winners: Charlie Shavers, Buck Clayton (tp) J.J. Johnson (tb) Coleman Hawkins (ts) Harry Carney (bar) Teddy Wilson (p) John Collins (g) Chubby Jackson (b) Shadow Wilson (d). New York, December 4, 1946

sábado, febrero 27, 2010

Pasion tanguera

Tango's passion

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Marion Harris
He's my secret passion (1930)
(Arthur Young-V.Valentine)
Brunswick 6016

viernes, febrero 26, 2010

Musica acústica

Acoustic music

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Slim Gaillard and his Flat Foot Floogie Boys
Bassology (1941)
Okeh 6295

Slim Gaillard and his Flat Foot Floogie Boys: Loumell Morgan (p) Slim Gaillard (g,vcl) Slam Stewart (b) Kenny Clarke (d). New York, March 11, 1941
Okeh 6295

Bonas Truck:
Bud Richie and his Boys
Slappin' the bass (1930)
Champ 16109

Bud Richie and his Boys: except Richard Barry (vcl) no details. Unknown tp, cl/as, ts, p, g, b, d. Richmond, Indiana, October 10, 1930

jueves, febrero 25, 2010


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Bing Crosby
Gay love (1929)
Columbia 2001 D

Bing Crosby with small group from Paul Whiteman´s Orchestra: Bing Crosby (vcl) Charlie Margulis (tp) Chester Hazlett (cl) Roy Bargy (p) Matt Malneck (vln) plus other unidentified strings. New York, September 27, 1929

miércoles, febrero 24, 2010



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Bunny Berigan and his Orchestra
Let's have another cigarette (1937)
Victor 25609

Bunny Berigan and his Orchestra: Bunny Berigan, Irving Goodman, Steve Lipkins (tp) Morey Samuels, Sonny Lee (tb) Joe Dixon, Sid Pearlmutter (as,cl) Clyde Rounds, Georgie Auld (ts) Joe Lippman (p) Tom Morgan (g) Arnold Fishkind (b) George Wettling (d) Ruth Bradley (vcl).
New York, June 18, 1937

martes, febrero 23, 2010

Unsavoury characters


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Gente sospechosa

Abe Lyman and his Orchestra
Doin' The Uptown Lowdown (1933)
(Duke Ellington)
Brunswick 6674

Abe Lyman and his Orchestra: Vocal chorus by Ella Logan. New York, October 12, 1933

lunes, febrero 22, 2010

Sueño de gatos

Cat's dream

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Acabo de dibujar esto para la revista literaria "Cuadernos del Tábano"
I just finished this drawing for a literary magazine illustrating a poem by Pablo Neruda: "Cat's Dream".

Ella Fitzgerald
Dream a little longer (1949)
Decca 24900

Ella Fitzgerald acc by Gordon Jenkins' Orchestra: Ella Fitzgerald (vcl) with unknown acc except for Gordon Jenkins (dir) and unknown vcl group. New York, September 21, 1949

domingo, febrero 21, 2010

De un sueño

From a dream

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De un sueño: (Soñé que estaba en el teatro viendo esta obra)
From a dream: (A scene from "The cry of the cattle drivers", The entrance of His Eminence).
I dreamed I was in the theatre watching this play.

The Dorsey Brothers' Concert Orchestra
Was it a dream? (pt 1) (1928)
Okeh 41083

The Dorsey Brothers' Concert Orchestra: Leo McConville, Fuzzy Farrar, Mickey Bloom, Mannie Klein (tp) Tommy Dorsey, Carl Loffler (tb) Jimmy Dorsey (cl,as) Max Farley (as,fl) Arnold Brilhart (as) Bill Green (ts) Al Duffy, Leo Kruczek + 2 unknown (vln) Charles Dondron (vib) Arthur Schutt (p) Jack Hansen (tu) Jimmy Mullen (b) Smith Ballew (vcl) Hal Kemp, Nye Mayhew, Saxie Dowell, Skinny Ennies (vcl quartet) George Crozier (arr). New York, July 16, 1928

sábado, febrero 20, 2010

Otra cosa es con guitarra


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Quintette du Hot Club de France
Avalon (1935)
Ultraphone (F)AP-1512

Quintette du Hot Club de France: Stéphane Grappelly (vln) Django Reinhardt, Pierre "Baro" Ferret, Joseph Reinhardt (g) Louis Vola (b). Additional musicians: Arthur Briggs (tp solo) Alphonse Cox, Pierre Allier (tp) Eugène d'Hellemmes (tb). Paris, late June 1935

viernes, febrero 19, 2010



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Flutist or Flautist?
In Nancy Toff's essential The Flute Book, she explains that the term flautist is associated with the negative connotations derived from the Latin verb, flaut which means to jeer or mock, which "apparently derives its meaning from the practice of playing a flute to ridicule."
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term flautist did not appear in English until 1860, when Nathaniel Hawthorne used it in The Marble Faun. ("The flautist poured his breath in quick puffs of jollity") The frequent use of the word flautist is probably inspired by the Italian terminology, flauto which pervades musical scores. Significantly, Hawthorne had lived in Italy for a yeard and a half before he wrote The Marble Faun.
The Oxford English Dictionary states that the word flutist (1603) is a much older established word than flautist (1860). Since the English term flute is related to the modern French flûte, it follows therefore that the player of that instrument would be a flutist.
Toff pleads calling her a flute player, or even fluter, a term coined by Saumuel Pepys. (His diary entry for June 21, 1666 notes, "I saw...a picture of a fluter playing on his flute.") Flutist, fluter, or flute-player...but please, not flautist!
Toff, Nancy. The Flute Book.
Oxford University Press, Inc. New York: 1996.

The Kentucky Jug Band
Hard Hustlin' Blues (1930)
Vocalion 1564

The Kentucky Jug Band (a pseudonym for the Philips Louisville Jug Band): George "Hooks" Tilford (c-mel sax) Charles "Cane" Adams (cane-fl) Phil Phillips (g) Carl "Jug" Reid (jug ,scat vcl,jazzhorn). Chicago, August 1930

jueves, febrero 18, 2010


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R. Crumb and his Cheap Suit Serenaders
I'll see you in my dreams (1974)
(comp. by Kahn-Jones, arr. by Armstrong-Crumb-Dodge)
Blue Goose 2014

R. Crumb and his Cheap Suit Serenaders: R. Crumb (banjo and vocals) Allan Dodge (mandolin,mando-cello,violin and vocals) Robert E. Armstrong (guitar, accordion, banjo, saw, and vocals) other musicians (not listed as members): Richard Oxtot (bass fiddle and tuba) Paul Woltz (bassoon). California, Ca., c. 1974

miércoles, febrero 17, 2010

Milonga in Lilliput

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La milonga (*) en Lilliput
(*) A ball

Fred Astaire
Never gonna dance (1936)
CBS 66316

Fred Astaire (vcl) acc. by Johnny Green Orchestra: no details. Los Angeles, July 26, 1936

martes, febrero 16, 2010



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Fats Waller and his Rhythm
Got a bran' new suit (1935)
Victor 25123

Fats Waller and his Rhythm: Herman Autrey (tp,vcl-1) Rudy Powell (cl,as) Fats Waller (p,vcl) James Smith (g) Charles Turner (b) Arnold Boling (d). New York, August 20, 1935

lunes, febrero 15, 2010



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Benny Carter and his Orchestra
Fish fry (1940)
Vocalion 5458

Benny Carter and his Orchestra: Benny Carter (tp,as) Joe Thomas, Lincoln Mills, Eddie Mullens, Russell Smith (tp) James Archey, Vic Dickenson (tb) TRussell Smith (tb) James Powell, Carl Frye (as) Stanley Payne, Coleman Hawkins (ts) Eddie Heywood (p) Ulysses Livingston (g) Hayes Alvis (b) William Purnell (d). New York, January 30, 1940

domingo, febrero 14, 2010

Jus de femme

Woman's juice

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Sarah Vaughan & Dizzy Gillespie and his Septet
What more can a woman do? (1945)
Continental 6008

Sarah Vaughan (vcl) with Dizzy Gillespie and his Septet: Dizzy Gillespie (tp) Charlie Parker (as) Flip Phillips (ts) Nat Jaffe (p) Bill De Arango (g) Curly Russell (b) Max Roach (d). New York, March 25, 1945

sábado, febrero 13, 2010

Mamãe eu quero

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Mamãe eu quero

Carmen Miranda
Tico-tico (1945)
Decca 23414

Carmen Miranda (vcl) with Bando Da Lua: Sound recording from the International picture "It's a pleasure". Los Angeles, January 27, 1945

viernes, febrero 12, 2010

¡A mover el esqueleto!

Shake, rattle and roll!

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Let's shake the skeleton!

Bobby Hackett and his Rhythm Kings
Skeleton jangle (1944)
Commodore 622

Bobby Hackett and his Rhythm Kings: Bobby Hackett (tp) Lou McGarity (tb) Pee Wee Russell (cl) Ernie Caceres (bar) Jess Stacy (p) Eddie Condon (g) Bob Casey (b) George Wettling (d). New York, September 23, 1944

jueves, febrero 11, 2010



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Clive Erard´s Dance Band
Ten cents a dance (1931)
Filmophone 203

Clive Erard´s Dance Band: Frankie Davies + other (tp) Anthony Mangan (tb) David Stephenson (cl,as,bar) Jack Meerloo (as) Teddy Meerloo (ts,cl) Clive Erard (p,arr,dir) Andrew Wolkowsky (bj,g) unknown (tu) Cecil Walden (d) unknown female vcl. London, c. March 1931

miércoles, febrero 10, 2010


A stitch on time

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Jimmie Davis
She left a runnin' like a sewing machine (1931)
Victor 23587

Jimmie Davis (vcl) acc. by Snoozer Quinn (g) "Dizzy Head" (= Ed Shaffer) (g,vcl). Charlotte, N.C., May 27, 1931

martes, febrero 09, 2010

Vincent y un cuervo

Vincent and a crow

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La semana pasada fuimos a visitar la exhibición de cartas y pinturas de Van Gogh en la Royal Academy. No tengo palabras para expresar cuanto me emocionó.
Last week we went to see the Van Gogh exhibition at the Royal Academy and I don't have words to express how much it moved me.

Benny Goodman and his Orchestra
Scarecrow (1941)
Columbia 36180

Benny Goodman and his Orchestra: Alec Fina, Jimmy Maxwell, Irving Goodman, Cootie Williams (tp) Lou McGarity, Cutty Cutshall (tb) Benny Goodman (cl) Les Robinson, Gus Bivona (as) Georgie Auld, Pete Mondello (ts) Bob Snyder (bar) Johnny Guarnieri (p) Mike Bryan (g) Artie Bernstein (b) Dave Tough (d) Buster Harding, Eddie Sauter (arr). New York, February 19, 1941

lunes, febrero 08, 2010

La apotheosis de Popea

The apotheosis of Popea

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La apotheosis de Popea (Opera buffa) /The apotheosis of Popea (Opera buffa)

Alec Templeton
The shortest Wagner opera ever written (1938)
(Alec Templeton)
Flapper PAST 7057

Alec Templeton (p, vcl). recorded 1938

domingo, febrero 07, 2010

Cepillando los dientes

Tooth brushing

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Ben Selvin and his Orchestra
Bend down, sister (1931)
Columbia 2575-D

Ben Selvin and his Orchestra: Charles Margulis, Mannie Klein (tp) Tommy Dorsey (tb) Benny Goodman (cl,as) Louis Martin (as) Hymie Wolfson (ts) Joe Venuti (vln) Rube Bloom (p) John Cali (g) Ward Lay (b) Milt Schlesinger (d) Scrappy Lambert (vcl) Ben Selvin (ldr). New York, November 27, 1931

sábado, febrero 06, 2010



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The New Mayfair Dance Orchestra
Pages of Radio Land – Pt.1 (**) (1931)
HMV B-3836

The New Mayfair Dance Orchestra: Bill Shakespeare, Max Goldberg (tp) Tony Thorpe (tb) George Smith (cl,ts) Ernie Ritte, Bob Wise (as,cl) Laurie Payne (bar,as) Eric Siday, Jean Pougnet, Reg Pursglove (vln) Harry Jacobson (p) Bert Thomas (bj,g) Jack Evetts (b) Bill Harty (d) Al Bowlly (vcl) Ray Noble (arr,ldr). Hayes, Middlesex, March 24, 1931

(**) This tune contains in the core -as a kind of medley- the theme "Without a song" sung by Al Bowlly and written by Vincent Youmans with the lyrics by Billy Rose and Edward Eliscu. El editor

viernes, febrero 05, 2010

Día Patrio

Patriotic Day

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Leo Reisman and his Orchestra
Happy Days Are Here Again (1929)
(Jack Yellen-Milton Ager)
Victor 22221

Leo Reisman and his Orchestra: (poss pers) John Jacobson, Louis Shaffrin (tp) Ernie Gibbs (tb) + poss Chuck Campbell (tb) Burt Williams (as,bar) Andrew Quenze (cl,c-mel,as) Bill Tronstein (cl,sop,as,ts) Lew Conrad (vln,vcl) Eddie Duchin (p) Ned Cola (bj) Harry Atlas (tu) Harry Sigman (d) Smith Ballew (vcl). New York, 1929.

jueves, febrero 04, 2010


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Benny Goodman and his Orchestra
Intermezzo (A love story) (1941)
Columbia 36050

Benny Goodman and his Orchestra: Billy Butterfield, Jimmy Maxwell,Irving Goodman (tp) Lou McGarity, Cutty Cutshall (tb) Benny Goodman (cl) Les Robinson, Gus Bivona (as) Georgie Auld, Pete Mondello (ts) Skippy Martin (bar) Johnny Guarnieri (p) Mike Bryan (g) Artie Bernstein (b) Dave Tough (d) Eddie Sauter (arr). New York, March 27, 1941

miércoles, febrero 03, 2010

Figuras del suburbio

Two suburban figures

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Billie Holiday and her Orchestra
I only have eyes for you (1952)
Clef 89002

Billie Holiday and her Orchestra: Billie Holiday (vcl) Charlie Shavers (tp) Flip Phillips (ts) Oscar Peterson (p) Barney Kessel (g) Ray Brown (b) Alvin Stoller (d). Los Angeles, Ca., c. May 1952

martes, febrero 02, 2010

Cowboy and Indian

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Sidney Bechet and his New Orleans Feetwarmers
Indian summer (1940)
Bluebird B10623

Sidney Bechet and his New Orleans Feetwarmers: Sidney Bechet (cl,sop) Sonny White (p) Charles Howard (g) Wilson Myers (b) Kenny Clarke (d). New York, February 5, 1940

lunes, febrero 01, 2010

Blue eyes

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Count Basie and his Orchestra
I'm drowning in your deep blue eyes (1947)
Victor 20-2346

Count Basie and his Orchestra: Ed Lewis, Emmett Berry, Harry Edison, Snooky Young (tp) Ted Donnelly, George Matthews, Eli Robinson, Bill Johnson (tb) Preston Love, Rudy Rutherford (as,cl) Buddy Tate, Paul Gonsalves (ts) Jack Washington (bar) Count Basie (p) Freddy Green (g) Rodney Richardson (b) Shadow Wilson (d) Bob Bailey (vcl) Jimmy Mundy (arr). New York, March 13, 1947