Doug’s seasonal post at Rifftides (Jimmy Lunceford in 1939 with Irving Berlin’s “Easter Parade”) inspired me to insert three other “Easter Parade’s” right here, as kinda musical preface, before we eventually will be happily parading along with swingin’ Benny Moten.
A very obscure version from 1935 starts the proceedings:
It’s the barely audible Django Reinhardt, as guest soloist with Patrick Et Son Orchestre de Danse. — A classic version comes next: From the soundtrack LP of Easter Parade (1948) with Judy Garland & Fred Astaire. I hope you don’t mind, being not able to watch them parading.
Back to dreamy, but already summerly Paris with trumpeter “Little Jazz” Roy Eldridge and his quartet, featuring Gerald Wiggins (p) Pierre Michelot (b) Kenny Clarke (d) – June 14, 1950. Roy plays it very reflective here, almost sentimental; but notice some of his long, vibrato-less tones — quite a relief after you’ve heard Judy, doing exactly the opposite!
01 You’re Driving Me Crazy – Louis Armstrong And His New Sebastian Cotton Club Orchestra, Los Angeles, CA – December 23, 1930
Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal) Hite, Les (Conductor, Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone) Orendorff, George (Trumpet) Scott, Harold (Trumpet) Graven, Luther (Trombone) Johnson, Marvin (Alto Saxophone) Jones, Charlie (Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet) Prince, Henry (Piano) Perkins, Bill (Banjo, Steel Guitar) Bailey, Joe (Tuba, Bass) Hampton, Lionel (Drums, Vibraphone)
It’s Moten Swing from here now:
02 Bennie Moten & His Kansas City Orchestra – 1932
03 Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds Of Joy with Mary Lou Williams – 1936
04 Fletcher Henderson – 1938
05 Benny Goodman – 1938
06 Count Basie with Harry Edison & Lester Young – 1940
07 Charlie Parker mit Jay McShann – Buddy Anderson, Orville Minor (tp), Bob Gould (tb, vln), Charlie Parker (as), Bob Mabane (ts), Jay McShann (p), Gene Ramey (b), Gus Johnson (d) – Trocadero Ballroom, Wichita, KS, December 2, 1940
08 Django Reinhardt (g/ld), Herb Bass, Robin Gould, Jerry Stephan & Lonnie Wilfong (tpts), Bill Decker, Don Gardner, Shelton Heath & John Kirpatrick (tbns), Les Lieber & Joe Moser (as), Jim Hayes (cl/as), Bernie Cavaliere (ts), Bill Zickefoose (ts), Ken Lowther (bars), Larry Mann (p), Bob Decker (b), Bill Bethel & Red Lacky (d) – Paris, either 10-26-1945 or 12-8-1945
09 Bernie Leighton (p), Hy White (g), Trigger Alpert (b), Dave Tough (d) – NYC, August 9, 1946
10 Harry James & His Orchestra – 1947
11 Charlie Shavers (tp), Bennie Moten (tb), Hank D’Amico (cl), Kenny Kersey (p), Aaron Bell (b), Panama Francis (d), Al Collins (nar) – NYC, October 25 & 27, 1954
12 Tommy Flanagan (p), Kenny Burrell (g), Oscar Pettiford (b), Shadow Wilson (d) – NYC, March 12, 1956
13 Manny Albam & His Orchestra plays the combined themes of “Moten Swing” & “You’re Driving Me Crazy” – 01/01/1960
14 Oscar Peterson (p), Ray Brown (b), Ed Thigpen (d) – Los Angeles, CA, December 15 & 16, 1962