The Essential Vic Dickenson (VJD 551) (1977)

Early 50s revival of earlier ensemble polyphony style by Columbus, Ohio-born trombonist-bandleader on the reliable Jazz Vogue label. A lot of avant garde water had passed under the jazz bridge by the time Dickenson came to record these two small group, John Hammond-produced sides (originally issued by Vangard separately as Vic Dickenson Showcase Volume 1 and 2); by and large, however, these revolutionary changes are not reflected in either the repertoire (e.g. “Jeepers, Creepers”) or performances, which favour bluesy and easy swinging melodicism. Nonetheless, the solos are time-stretched in a way that Kid Ory, et al. would never have dreamed in the 1920s; clarinettist Ed Hall shines in particular.

Picked up this afternoon in Hythe, where there seemed to be a lot of mid-century mainstream jazz.

Published in: on May 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

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