Beccles

Z Aug19 - Swing

The topic of Swing proved popular with our members - with interesting and varied tracks played as usual:
We started with some discussion of Swing, with a useful contribution from guest Roy Headland.
Then tunes listened to included:
- Fletcher henderson - Chrisopher Columbus
- Benny Goodman - Sing, Sing, Sing, and then by the Andrews Sisters - quite a contrast for essentially the same music.
- Terry Lightfoot - Mood Time Swing - although this track was critiqued as not being "Swing" as it was played on the beat with no bend of time.
- Chick Webb and the Savoy Orchestra - Stomping at the Savoy
- Lionel Hampton (Goodman and Robin 1942) - Flying Home, followed by and Ella Fitzgerald version sung with "scat"
- Ray then introduced us to "vocalese" - real words (and meaningful) used to accompany an older tune (replacing an existing instrumental), as an alternate to scat singing - and this was illustrated by a song by Manhattan Transfer - Four Brothers, with the original 4 instruments replaced by 4 voices. And then Kurt Elling singing Moonlight Serenade in place of an original DB improvised solo.
- Arty Shaw and his Orchestra - Begin the Beguine - a song converted to Swing style.
Then we had a live music spot - Diana accompanied by Stuart on guitar - Somebody Loves Me
- Glen Miller - Moonlight Serenade - and critiqued as "syrupy" with minimal "swing" - exemplifying our group's very varied tastes and likes
- Barnard Brothers - Partners in Crime (around 1983 with Bob Bernard Tr, Ralph Sutton Piano, Len Barnard drums, Milt Hinton Bass)
- Count Basie - Jumpin at the Woodside
- Cynthia Utterbach - It Don't Mean a Thing, and then Charlie Wood (pianist) and his wife Jacqui Dankworth dueting the same song
and to finish - Li'l Darlin by Count Basie.