Spirits of Rhythm: I Got Rhythm


I Got Rhythm


Spirits of Rhythm


Vintage Jazz (Stardust 2007)

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Leo Watson, Wilbur Daniels, Douglas Daniels (vocals, tiples), Teddy Bunn (guitar), Wilson Myers (bass), Virgil Scroggins (vocals, drums).


Composed by George & Ira Gershwin


Recorded: New York, October 24, 1933


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

While "I Got Rhythm" has merited >600 jazz recordings, even that understates the song's ubiquity. So many tunes have been based on its chord progressions that "rhythm changes" are rivaled only by the blues. In any case, the Spirits of Rhythm were qualified in more than name only to assert "I Got Rhythm." With their tippling tiples (oversize ukuleles), scuttling scatting and rousing rascality, the Spirits gave voice to America's Depression-era resilience, which banished Old Man Trouble from 'round their doors on the very reasonable grounds that "I got my gal. Who could ask for anything more?" Who indeed.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


  • 1 Doug Daniels (son) // Aug 12, 2008 at 06:54 AM
    Doug Daniels' vocales on I Got Rhythm were superb and unique...He should be noted as one of the smoothes jazz singers of that era.