[Dixielandjazz] 20s & 30s recordings, Tempos time, etc

Robert S. Ringwald robert at ringwald.com
Tue Sep 27 14:54:53 PDT 2005

There has recently been some discussion here on DJML regarding recordings 
made on 78s in the 20s, 30s & 40s.

I asked Zeke Zarchy, 90 who is one of the last remaining musicians from that 
era.  While Zeke did not record in the 20s, he did make thousands of 
recordings in the 30s, 40s & 50s.  Zeke played lead trumpet with Artie Shaw, 
Bob Crosby, Glenn Miller, just to name a few.

In reply to my question regarding tempos and length of recordings for 78s, 
Zeke wrote the following:

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rubin Zarchy"
To: "Robert S. Ringwald" <robert at ringwald.com>
Sent: Tuesday, September 27, 2005 8:17 AM
Subject: Re: Tempos

> Hi Bob
>               It is possible that there might have
> been cuts made in tunes due to time limitations but in
> my experience this has never happened.   Between the
> arranger and the leader the time was worked out well
> before the session .  I have never heard of the tempo
> being changed to accomodate  the time of a recording.

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