[Dixielandjazz] The best Snake Rag ever.
boreda at sbcglobal.net
Sun Sep 28 15:01:35 PDT 2008
My good Father, Jive at 1105, radio Station KYA, San Francisco, did remotes from Dawn Club 1942. Alittle before your time ??
--- On Fri, 9/26/08, M J (Mike) Logsdon <mjl at ix.netcom.com> wrote:
From: M J (Mike) Logsdon <mjl at ix.netcom.com>
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] The best Snake Rag ever.
To: "Ed Coltrin" <boreda at sbcglobal.net>
Cc: "Dixieland Jazz Mailing List" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Date: Friday, September 26, 2008, 3:30 PM
Well, gotta watch my wording better next time, eh?
Obviously, my subject line was merely an expression of the personal enjoyment I
derived from this lovely 9+ min Snake Rag, not an objective judgment on its
"best"-ness. Sorry about that.
I simply found this particular performance excellent, embodying the spirit in
which I believe Oliver, Armstrong, etc, played it when not limited to 3 mins.
Individual virtuosity is quite often lost on me, as I was not aware, until I
entered the OKOM world in 1993, just how many damn good players there are in the
world. So, sure, these guys probably aren't as good as those on the 1923
Olivers, but they're very good.
In terms of "favorite" Snake Rag, I guess the winner for me is still
the Watters version on Blesh's live 1947 This is Jazz program (the only one
broadcast from the Left Coast, to the best of my memory). It, too, is only, I
think, 3:16 or thereabouts, but I recall listening to it over and over, never
feeling like I was listening to something as long as a 78, so enjoyable I found
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