Chicago Rhythm Kings: There値l Be Some Changes Made


There値l Be Some Changes Made


Chicago Rhythm Kings


Chicago White Small Bands (Acrobat 157)

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Muggsy Spanier (cornet), Frank Teschemacher (clarinet), Mezz Mezzrow (alto sax), Joe Sullivan (piano), Eddie Condon (banjo), Jim Lannigan (tuba), Gene Krupa (drums), Red McKenzie (vocals).

Recorded: Chicago, Illinois, April 6, 1928


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

There is a good bit of sophistication here, albeit carved somewhat rudely . . . as was intended. The rhythmic drive is aimed more downward rather than sailing forth. The emphasis of four beats per measure with a wallop on beats two and three may have seemed a bit unsettling to some more used to a lilt to their jazz. But this makes the occasional sudden accent on beat four all the more fun. Red McKenzie, an underappreciated vocalist sounds suave and assured. Notice the emphasis on beat 2, every other measure behind his vocal. Teschemacher, often thought of as an unschooled and out-of-tune player reminds us here that behind the somewhat out-of-control vibrato is a musician very close in concept to Bix Beiderbecke. Despite what critics may have said about it, this disc was a good seller and a great influence on budding jazz musicians.

Reviewer: David Sager

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