“Laughing At Life” – Kansas City Five (1938)

Commodore; New York, March 18, 1938: Buck Clayton-t/Eddie Durham-el.g/Freddy Green-g/Walter Page-sb/Jo Jones-d.


Eddie Durham recording with Lester Young and the
Kansas City Six, 1938. Durham, a native of San Marcos,
Texas, pioneered the use of an amplified guitar in jazz.
Courtesy Alan Govenar, Documentary Arts, Dallas.
Photo and quote source.
During 1936, two years prior to this recording, Gibson introduced their first “Electric Spanish” model guitar. And In 1968, 40 years after this recording, Led Zeppelin were formed.
Here’s Eddie Durham doing his part to validate the electric guitar as a legitimate and serious lead jazz instrument capable of all of the variances and expressions that a brass or woodwind instrument would contribute to the orchestra or group.
Buck Clayton holding his own on the trumpet.

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