Jimmie Noone & Earl Hines: Four or Five Times
Four or Five Times
Jimmie Noone 1928-1929 (Classics 611)
Composed by Byron Gay & Marco H. Hellman.
Recorded: Chicago, May 16, 1928
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