Heard now, it is clear that "Clementine" is a pioneering souvenir of the very early days of the Swing Era. Within seconds, the loose rhythm and clever harmony draws us into this excellent arrangement by Gus Wilson, Teddy Wilson's brother. Brief solos and clever arranging touches (a two-bar modulation based on whole tones is a standout) are overshadowed by the fire of the ensemble; if you listen closely, you can hear one of the musicians (perhaps Trent himself) yell "Hey," further telling us how the band enjoyed making this side. It reminds us of the excellent bands that were heard only in rural parts of the country, who were as good and sometimes better than well-known ensembles that recorded for major labels, broadcast and made stage appearances in important theater chains. Thanks to specialist labels, these so-called territory bands will continue to be rediscovered.
July 12, 2008 · 0 commentsTags: territory bands
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