Jimmie Noone & Earl Hines: Four or Five Times

Track

Four or Five Times

Artist

Jimmie Noone (clarinet) and Earl Hines (piano)

CD

Jimmie Noone 1928-1929 (Classics 611)

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Musicians:

Jimmie Noone (clarinet), Earl Hines (piano), Joe Poston (clarinet, alto sax), Bud Scott (guitar, banjo), Johnny Wells (drums).

Composed by Byron Gay & Marco H. Hellman

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Recorded: Chicago, May 16, 1928

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Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

During the Roaring Twenties, jazzmen didn't try to live down their profession's red-light legacy; to the contrary, they played it up. On this track, everyone has a gay old time (well, that's the co-composer's name) spreading mayonnaise (the other co-composer's name) about how heavenly it'd be, even "if I die," to do it four or five times. Mind you, this was decades before performance-enhancement drugs, so obviously numerical standards have changed. Nevertheless, with inspired playing from Noone and Hines, this classic of wishful thinking is as insouciantly promising as a wink from Mae West. Honestly, ma'am, we're just happy to see you!

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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