Monday, October 25, 2010

Al Bowlly with Arthur Briggs

A young Al Bowlly singing with trumpeter Arthur Briggs and his orchestra. Briggs was an African-American musician who made the most of the comparatively relaxed working conditions in Europe in the 20s and 30s. It's fascinating to hear him here with Bowlly, such an iconic British vocalist.

I love Bowlly's rhythmic style - his lines have a half-spoken feel at times. Old-fashioned hot syncopation!

Arthur Briggs' cousin Pete recorded on tuba with Louis Armstrong's Hot Seven. I wonder what Arthur would've got up to had he stayed home too?

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