Wednesday, June 13, 2007
In the mood for mood
Sorry--that's the best title I could come up with at this time. I'll probably think of something better later, at which point I might revise the post. Or not. I do not know.
I'm in a sinus-med daze. I tried to go without an antihistamine for a few days, but I found myself in an allergy-induced daze. So I traded one dazed state for another.
So, this is Thursday, right? On Jupiter? I thought so. Just checking.
So, what we've got here are eight shellac rips (I've always wanted to type "eight shellac rips") dating from 1934 to 1938. We're always being told that mood music showed up around 1951 or so, which I'd be perfectly willing to agree with--but only if, by "1951 or so," the claimants meant the early 1930s. But I don't think they mean the early 1930s. I think they mean 1951 or so.
I hope I cleared that up.
Anyway, I'm re-re-rerunning Andre Kostelanetz' marvelous 1935 version of Don Redman's Chant of the Weed (no, nothing to with the kind you smoke; sorry) in my latest and best version thereof. I even got the final loud chord (where the grooves poop out altogether) to sound halfway O.K. It seems that I've mastered the art of making sound out of little to no sound. Believe me, the grooves simply give out at the end--major tracking error and a worn gramophone needle probably combined to produce this area of non-record.
And I threw in its flip, Rumba Medley. As you'll hear, mood music was in full mood by the mid-1930s. And it could do the Rumba.
I'm also re-rerunning (or maybe simply rerunning) three 1938 Kostelanetz goodies from the Vocalion label. As you'll hear, the "Kostelanetz strings" were already there, though they weren't operating at Music of Jerome Kern force yet.
We also have Paul Whiteman and Nat Shilkret in concert pop mode, which is pretty much what mood music is (concert pop, that is). Concert pop that evolved from the dance music of the 1920s. There, I typed it, and I'm glad.
Here, as early as 1935, we hear mood maturing:
Chant of the Weed (Redman)--Andre Kostelanetz Presents, 1935.
Rumba Medley--Andre Kostelanetz Presents, 1935.
Swamp Fire (Moody)--Andre Kostelanetz Presents, 1938.
The Man on the Flying Trapeze (O'Keefe)--Andre Kostelanetz Presents, 1938.
Bugle Call Rag--Andre Kostelanetz Presents, 1938.
Gems from "Lady Be Good" and "Tip Toes"--Nat Shilkret and the Victor Salon Group, 1938. With Jane Froman, Sonny Schuyler, Felix Knight.
Medley of Gershwin Tunes--Nat Shilkret and the Victor Salon Group, 1938. Featuring Jane Froman, vocal.
Deep Purple (Peter De Rose)--Paul Whiteman and His Concert Orch., 1934.