[Dixielandjazz] Couple of points - Woody & Hot Dance

M J (Mike) Logsdon mjl at ix.netcom.com
Fri Jul 4 16:27:22 PDT 2008

I don't often disagree with my friend, Sr Barbone out on the Non-left 
Coast.  But now I will.

I prefer Mr Tyle's take on "hot dance", as it accords with my own spin 
on the vast majority of 1920s records and CDs I have in my overloaded 
library.  I remember very (and I mean VERY) early on in my OKOM life, 
understanding that the only reason one of Sam Lanin's 300+ pseudonymous 
bands could even be considered "hot" was that Red or Miff or someone of 
equal ilk went wild on a solo, and that was it.  Nearly every time, 
after the solo everything went back to societally acceptable "dance" 
material.  All this to point up the fact that the only reason anyone 
bothered to spend 15 cents at his "newsstand every Thursday" on a Hit of 
the Week, was the hope that someone would show up with a solo worth 
listening to.

I'm out of my league here, but I thought I'd chime in.


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