[ * Autoplay Snippet: "Grand Terrace Stomp" tag; from Earl Hines Orchestra 1936 ]
July 4, 2016:
Independence Day of the nation; and Independence Day of the revitalization of the Jazz Age Septet called "De Stijlistics".
Years go by, times change, but my obsession with note-for-note transcriptions of classic Americana/American Jazz Orchestra
recordings performed live and in concert continues.
As a "concession to the recession" of the 1980's, I formed a septet version of my Americana Classic Jazz Orchestra
(ACJO). Comprised of 2 Brass 2 Reeds and 3 Rhythm, the band retained 100% authenticity.
In 2016, I've decided to re-invigorate this ensemble and am in the process of putting it all together again.
"Authentic Old Wave".
A unique, 'hip' and historically significant presentation of Great American Music History found nowhere else in the world.
Below are 3 MP3s of charts I recently scored from old archives and/or charts I'd always wanted to work up.
The first two are sans Piano (those parts were already written up); the third features Fletcher Henderson's note-for-note
Piano and Coleman Hawkins' Tenor Sax Solo.
Digga Digga Doo_De Stijlistics_MP3
Originally recorded as The Mills Brothers with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1929. The Mills Brothers were famous for mimicking
Jazz instruments with their voices. I decided to re-score their vocals for the actual instruments they were mimicking.
Stevedore Stomp_De Stijlistics_MP3
There are so many great Duke Ellington Orchestra recordings; they span more than five decades. I've focused on the early
band recordings and the unique personnel of that time. I've given the Harry Carney Bari Sax solo to Alto Sax, but the rest
is 'as was'.
Sweet Music_De Stijlistics_MP3
The Fletcher Henderson Orchestra is my all-time favorite American Jazz Orchestra. Very hot in the 1920's, still simmering
in the early 1930's, but the times were changing, nearing the Swing era. This chart would be a transition from the Hot Jazz
to Swing, a 'Bounce' tune. Originally featuring male vocalist Dick Robertson (who sang with both White and Black bands),
I gave the vocals to Trombone; and the Violin Solo to Alto Sax--still truly authentic.