[Dixielandjazz] Early recordings, time, tempos, etc

Vaxtrpts at aol.com Vaxtrpts at aol.com
Tue Sep 27 22:03:56 PDT 2005

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.

Ah, Bob, but I think we are talking "apples and oranges" here.  As I  
remember, the posts from before were talking about early jazz groups, not big  bands. 
 The jazz groups, in many cases just like today, had head  arrangements that 
they had played before the recording, that had improvisation  in them.  
Therefore, they could have had different lengths, depending on  solos, 
Zeke is talking about big band arrangements that would have to be "scripted  
out" before the recording session, so that the length of the tune and the 
tempo  were predetermined before they went in to record them.  No need to speed up 
 or change anything.
Mike Vax

More information about the Dixielandjazz mailing list