Saturday, July 28, 2012
I finally have a 78 copy of Duke Ellington's Daybreak Express (above). I've always wanted to discover what kind of restoration job I can do on this classic, and you're about to hear it. The flip, Dear Old Southland, is included to make this a 3-D experience.
A brilliantly performed and conceived 1933 side--scary-good playing and ingenious effects. The flip is quite fine, too, but Daybreak is the reason to download this. It's pretty much Duke Ellington turning Tiger Rag into an accompaniment for a speeding locomotive. Think Pacific 231 without the extreme dissonance. Rockabilly, pepped up, and without a "buh-buh-baby" vocal. No train wreck, this.
To the Ellington: Daybreak Express/Dear Old Southland
Duke Ellington and His Orch., 1933. Victor 24501.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Your blogger at the Casio WK-3800, playing two organ patches and one jazz guitar patch (though not at the same time). I've double-tracked the organ on Jesus Is Coming Again and We're Sailing Home, the latter not syncing as well as I wanted, possibly owing to my primitive sound-on-sound arrangement (which involves lining up two separate tracks, one atop the other). Most of the playlist consists of hymn tunes dating from the late 1700s to the early 1800s, with at least a couple "fuging" tunes thrown in.
Don't let the "Casio" part mislead you--these patches are quite nice. Hopefully, my playing does them some degree of justice.
To the Sunday morning organ: Your blogger at the organ, 7-22-12
Welton (Malan, 1830)
Amsterdam (James Nares, 1780)
Lead, Kindly Light (Dykes)
Jesus Is Coming Again (Peterson)
We're Sailing Home (Kindig)
Herr Jesu Crist, wahr Mensch und Gott (Zachau) (Jazz guitar)
Ganges (American melody)
And here's a shape note performance of "Northfield" on Youtube: Northfield (Ingalls). I thought I'd found a shape note performance of "Ganges" a while back, but it's not showing up....