Muggsy Spanier: Big Butter and Egg Man
Big Butter and Egg Man
Muggsy Spanier (cornet)
Muggsy Spanier 1939-1944 (Giants of Jazz 53222)
Composed by Sidney Clare, Cliff Friend & Lester Santly.
Recorded: Chicago, July 7, 1939
Rating: 80/100 (learn more)
"Muggsy" is a splendid jazz name. But can you picture it in another genre? Muggsy Beethoven, say, strains credulity. Jazz's Muggsy Spanier, though, was on the cutting edge of pre-World War II Dixieland revivalism—that is, if a revivalist can be cutting edge. Here he revives a 1926 Louis Armstrong Hot Five classic to dubious effect. Muggsy was not in Louis's league as a cornetist (who was?). Nor does George Brunies shouting "Jive me, Jack" rival Armstrong's bawdy banter with singer May Alix. Absent the tongue- in-cheekiness of present-day retro, Muggsy is mugged by his own sincerity. More egg than butter.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz