“It’s Been So Long” – Edmond Hall’s Swingtet (1944)

Blue Note; New York, May 5, 1944: Benny Morton-tb/Edmond Hall-cl/Harry Carney-bar/Don Frye-p/Everett Barksdale-g/Alvin Raglin-b/Sidney Catlett-d.

A something in a¬†summer‘s noon – A depth – an Azure – a perfume – Transcending ecstasy. — Emily Dickinson

From the poem: A¬†Something In A Summer’s Day.

It’s not quite summer yet, but this song, this poem and the promising weather here in Seattle today seem to just fit together nicely.

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“Dee Dee’s Dance” – Red Norvo Sextet (1944)

Brunswick; New York, May 5, 1944: Red Norvo-vib/Aaron Sachs-cl/Danny Negri-p/Remo Palmieri-g/Clyde Lombardi-b/Eddie Dell-d.

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Red Norvo promotional shot with xylophone; February, 1946.

His one-time bassist Red Mitchell said of him, “With Red it’s always the future department.–The Independent

“Joe-Joe Jump” – Joe Marsala And His Orchestra (1944)

Black & White; New York, November 29, 1944: Joe Thomas-t/Joe Marsala-cl/Adele Girard-harp/Charlie Queener-p/Chuck Wayne-g/Irving Lang-b/Buddy Christian-d.

Joe Marsala jumpin’ with the clarinet in this self-composed song.

Paul McCartney and Wings may have had Linda on the keyboards, but Joe Marsala had his wife, Adele, backing him up on harp. What a unique instrument to bring to jazz!

“Step Steps Up” – Barney Bigard Trio (1944)

Signature; New York, January 22, 1944: Bigard-cl/Eddie Heywood-p/Shelly Manne-d.

After years of playing in large, regulated, Big Bands, it must have been refreshing for Barney Bigard to play in this expressive and easy-going trio. It sounds like they’re having a lot of fun at this session playing Barney’s self-composed composition.

Side A of this 78 rpm.

“Step Steps Down” – Barney Bigard Trio (1944)

Signature; New York, January 22, 1944: Barney Bigard-cl/Eddie Heywood-p/Shelly Manne-d.

After years of playing in large, regulated, Big Bands, it must have been refreshing for Barney Bigard to play in this expressive and easy-going trio. It sounds like they’re having a lot of fun at this session playing Barney’s self-composed composition.

Side B of this 78 rpm.