[JPL] 50 great moments in jazz

Jae Sinnett jaejazz at yahoo.com
Mon Jan 26 17:28:56 EST 2009

Well I'll disagree with Dan Morgenstern. Reese Europe was dealing with the blues...to a degree...not the ODJB and if anyone set a foudation for jazz...on record... it was him...long before the ODJB. They weren't calling it jazz then but if it were in "transition" as Morgenstern states then it's definitely a starting point. From my perspective Europe's direction came closer to the point of a jazz conception than Morganstern is giving him credit for. Europe also understood improvisation as did the ODJB but to blow him off solely based on a presumption as only dealing with late ragtime is premature.

Jae Sinnett 

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> >From Dan Morgenstern:
> James Reese Europe's was the first black band to make
> records (many singers
> before), in late 1913 and l914, for Victor. These are
> fascinating historical
> documents but the music isn't jazz yet--it's late
> ragtime, a music in
> transition, but if compared to ODJB, clearly not the same
> idiom. Europe's
> story is indeed a fascinating one, and when, after making
> these records, at
> which time he was the musical director for the famed dance
> team of Vernon
> and Irene Castle (band is also in a film with them, silent,
> of course), he
> put together a military band and went to France with it in
> WWI, what they
> played came closer, and when they returned home and made
> records again, in
> 1919, these included Memphis Blues and the ODJB's
> Clarinet Marmalade, and
> Europe toured and was billed by his label, Pathe, as the
> King of Jazz. A
> sensation in France, the band made a stir as it commenced
> touring in the US,
> but tragically, Europe was stabbed in the neck by a drummer
> in the band,
> later judged insane, and bled to death, aged just 39. The
> book mentioned is
> a great must read for anyone interested in 20th Century
> American music, but
> those pre-ODJB Europe discs just ain't jazz--closest
> thing is a terrific
> drum solo by Buddy Gilmore on Castle House Rag. (A somewhat
> bizzare
> footnote: The crazy drummer, Herbert Wright, was
> incarcerated in an asylum,
> but freed in late 1920s; he settled in Boston, where Europe
> had died, and
> became Roy Haynes' first teacher.)
> Jackson, Bobby wrote:
> > I've interviewed Professor Karlton Hester years
> ago who himself is a musician.
> > He is an ethnomusicologist who teaches at San
> Francisco State University, I
> > believe. It was a thoroughly fascinating conversation
> and account of many
> > issues regarding this music.
> > 
> I've spoken to Professor Hester at several IAJE
> conferences. In fact, he
> gave a talk at one of the IAJE conferences. I have the 4
> volume set he wrote
> called From Africa To Afrocentric Innovations Some Call
> Jazz. I have read
> the first volume. It is an extremely interesting read.
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