Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Jazz Thing, Round 1: Gordon v. Smith

It's been two years since the last Jazz Thing post, and I've since declared the project dead, but what the heck.

The Jazz Thing, Round 1 (40 Word/Album Limit)

#37 Dexter Gordon, "Go!" (1962) v. #40 Bessie Smith, "The Collection" (recordings from 1923-1933).

Melodic saxophone bop from the early 1960s, this is a solid entry in a subgenre I find easy to like.


This is unadulterated blues music, sung by an acknowledged master, and has plenty of historical interest. But although it’s an important wellspring of jazz, vintage blues is so formulaic that I find it pretty stultifying. I’m not a “roots” guy.

It's hardly a fair fight, but Go! win easily against Ms. Smith.


Morgan said...

Hey, the Jazz Thing is back!

Michael5000 said...

That's right, daddy-o

Ben said...

Outta SIGHT, man! I like that Dexter Gordon album too!