Sunday, July 31, 2011

The gospel according to Al

Following my post on the lost or neglected Jimmie Noone film footage, I would like to share another of my musical holy grails - Al Bowlly's crooning manual, The Modern Singing Style. I have no consistent desire to be a singer, yet I do have a love of Bowlly's singing and an overriding desire to understand how music works.

Does anyone have a spare copy lying around?

My mate Boris, an even greater Bowlly aficionado than I, forwarded me a link to this excellent YouTube presentation, which features images from the book. Watch for yourself and see if the table of contents doesn't spark your interest...

And here's Al conducting a musical masterclass on the subject:

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