“Rompin’ in ’44” – Edmond Hall’s All Star Quintet (1944)

Blue Note 12″rpm; New York, January 25, 1944: Edmond Hall-cl/Red Norvo-vib/Teddy Wilson-p/Carl Kress-g/Johnny Williams-b.

A Youtube video repost.

Let’s celebrate Jazz between the Wars’ 101st post by listening to this lively and enjoyable “romping” song, co-written by Edmond Hall. It does sound celebratory and effervescent–and there’s a bit of bop hidden in there too.

Edmond Hall’s unique clarinet sounds stems partly from the fact that he plays the Albert system of fingering, in which the tone holes of the clarinet are un-keyed. This system allows for more ease in the “slurring” of the notes. The other contributing part is that it’s just Edmond Hall.

To hear Teddy Wilson in another post, with Billie Holiday on vocals, visit here.

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