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Andrew and Will Scott – Snake Hip Dance

Snake Hip Dance (by Wilton Crawley, 1928) Will Scott, clarinet Andrew Oliver, piano Here’s a casual recording of a gem from the outrageous novelty clarinet player Wilton Crawley whose range of amazing effects and gas-pipe clarinet playing represented a totally different approach from the more melodic and sweet or bluesy and raucous 20’s clarinet players.  This is […]

Jazz Pioneers – James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, and Jelly Roll Morton contrasted

In addressing such towering figures of jazz piano as the Harlem Stride inventor James P Johnson and his even more famous protegé Fats Waller, I wouldn’t want to attempt an overview of both in one post.  Rather, I am going to focus on a few examples of solo playing from each in an effort to […]