[Dixielandjazz] interesting

Goggin, Brian (Dublin) GoggiBri at exchange.ie.ml.com
Tue Feb 4 09:52:25 PST 2003

I wouldn't think it's an instrumentalists' thing or a jealousy thing. If
credit is all they're after they'd sing (or try to) themselves.
To be honest I'm not into jazz singers and I would think most of us who are
into the pre-war music wouldn't be either.
However I do like Louis Armstrong's, Jelly Roll Morton's and Fats Waller's
singing and don't mind a little singing on record. 
While an occasional vocal is ok, it's still the instruments that hold the
most interest.

> Very interesting the huge contrast in opinions on the singer Cleo Laine
> on DJML.....from the greatest to "I wouldn't waste my time..."!  Of
> course, we've got a huge, opinionated crowd here, which is great!  
> In general, musicians don't usually care for singers very much.  It's
> probably the having to "accompany while the singer walks away with all
> the praise" thing in many cases.
> I would dispute, however, those that just wrote this gal off as an
> acrobatic vocalist.  I repeat that she treated the Hoagy Charmichael
> medley on the docu I saw with heart and talent rarely heard.
> Jim
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