Movies 'Til Dawn Blog

ABSTRACTIONS OF THE 1920s (WITH MUSIC!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTM9TkQ9VAUhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLJOROSMxHQ&list=PLKjjIa7cwTkLmfGjn2u46IPYY0onPWUII&index=4 I have a great affinity for 1920s culture–the music and early sound films in particular. Not that the ‘talkies’ (as they were then referred too) are easy to watch anymore–at least not in the way they were intended to be. Early sound film is pre-historic, with acting so unbelievably

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‘FLAMIN’ MAMIE’–A LYRIC OF THE LURID 20s

It’s not uncommon for yesteryears raciest things to be described in the current day as ‘tame’ or ‘now innocent’. But the 1920s had a lurid, highly sexually charged nature that was far ahead of its time, though it was soon to be quashed by much tamer subsequent decades. Nowhere is

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CAB CALLOWAY–‘HI DE HO’ (1934)

Here’s an immensely enjoyable short film starring Cab Calloway, his orchestra and the great and unsung black actress Fredi Washington called ‘Hi De Ho’. Directed by Fred Waller (who also directed the pioneering Duke Ellington short ‘Symphony in Black’ and was–get this–responsible for the development of the Cinerama process) the

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JAZZ ‘AFTER HOURS’

I realize that by using the word ‘jazz’ in the title of this post I’ve probably caused at least half of my little audience to quickly move onto another blog (or to compulsively check their email) rather than explore today’s post. But hear me out; as a jazz musician myself

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A NAT KING COLE MOVIE TWO-FER

Here’s a very nice combo/medley of the Nat Cole trio in 1946 performing a two songs, ‘It’s Better To Be By Yourself’ and ‘Solid Potato Salad’. As in yesterday’s clip the outstanding guitarist is Oscar Moore but this time the bassist is Johnny Miller. At 1:20 there are some excellent

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A NAT COLE TRIO SOUNDIE SPECIAL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYsseoG5XV8 Apropos of yesterday’s Nat Cole/Chico Marx post, here’s a terrific demonstration of Cole’s artistry at a young age. It’s a ‘soundie’ (made for jukebox consumption) of ‘Come To Baby, Do’, featuring his original trio which included Wesley Prince on bass and the criminally underrated guitarist Oscar Moore. (I like

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SONNY ROLLINS SHILLS FOR PIONEER STEREO

Here’s a 1977 commercial for Pioneer home stereo components that appropriates Sonny Rollins’ story of dropping out of the music business in 1959 for two years in order to take his playing to another level, which he did by practicing at night on the Williamsburg Bridge. It’s a wonderfully evocative

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BUDDY & JOHNNY & DOC & TOMMY & DON

In yesterdays post I discussed Buddy Rich’s musical analphabeta (i.e. he couldn’t read music). Today, thanks to some algorithm that I don’t really want to know about, the above video was waiting for me cheerfully in my Youtube queue. It’s a very funny five or so minutes from a 1974

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TONIGHT SHOW BAND PT. 3–BUDDY RICH MEETS ED SHAUGHNESSY

Here’s a ‘drum-off’ between the legendary Buddy Rich and Ed Shaughnessy, the drummer for the Tonight Show band for two decades. The big band arrangement that kicks things off belongs to a genre of music I always think of as ‘heart-attack jazz’, a very specific over-wrought big band mayhem sound

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TONIGHT SHOW BAND PT. 2–THE ERNIE TACK DANCE PARTY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SOpqyg5fpUhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkOpHJ_PgDk In yesterday’s post I mentioned how the members of the ‘Tonight Show’ band (aka ‘Doc Severinsen and the NBC Orchestra’) lent their own comedic talents to the show. One of the strangest examples is that of trombone player Ernie Tack. The show would occasionally do a ‘Stump The Band’

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