Monday, October 10, 2011

Dicky Wells in Paris

While I have no strong desire to play the trombone myself, I'm a great fan of the best trombonists of the 1920s and 30s. J.C. Higginbotham, Miff Mole, Jack Teagarden, Jimmy Harrison are particular favourites. They share a rare combination of agility and creativity, unusual then and now.

Dicky Wells is another such trombonist. One of a handful of notable American musicians to visit Europe prior to World War II, Wells kept good musical company. In fact, the presence of Django Reinhardt on some of Wells' sessions has given them a high profile, due to the continued reverence of Django by successive generations of guitarists. The recording of 'I Found A New Baby' below is rarer, thanks to Django being replaced by Roger Chaput, an excellent if less impressive substitute:

Dig Bill Coleman and Django on this one:

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