[Trombone-l] Singing trombonists
darylburch at speakeasy.net
Mon Nov 14 14:01:30 CST 2005
Ya, I just listened to that recording of "Margie". What a swingin'
band! Nice, sultry singing voice. And his playing sound had a little
bit of brash bite to it that was cool. At least on the particular
recording I listened to, the whole bone section played with that bite
to their sound. Love that! It's a little in your face and solid.
Trummy has definitely been overlooked. Thanks for all the back story on
him. I didn't know a lot of that. I just knew him from listening to the
Armstrong & Lunceford recordings.
..my $0.02 anyway.
On Nov 13, 2005, at 7:05 PM, Chris Tune wrote:
> Trummy is remembered by those who KNOW a thing a two. He is also much
> venerated by those trombonists (e.g. Les Benedict, Ira Nepus) who
> spent time with him in Hawaii. Perhaps, right now, he is better
> known in the Hawaiian islands than in the continental US. He spent
> the last maybe thirty or more years of his life over there and worked
> really regularly. He would generally have a set gig at a particular
> hotel. [NOTE: I'd sure love to see if any of THAT was recorded. .
> .the musicians over there are usually pretty excellent and I'm sure
> they had lots of fun. . .]
> Trummy was a good singer, with a sort of wispy, airy voice (the kind
> that brings solace to those of us with less than perfect singing
> equipment). He totally swung on anything he did. You can hear his
> singing in a better recorded context by subscribing to the Time-Life
> reissue "The Swing Era". Look it up on the Time-Life website. This
> reissue is a result of popular request. This set is studio guys
> (especially with Billy May doing the majority of the "take-downs")
> recreating the old swing stuff in lovely circa-1970 stereo.
> He was also pretty useful for sheer chops when the early Beboppers
> were trying to include bone into the lineup. Trummy probably had his
> coolest gig when he went out with Louis Armstrong for several years.
> I can see him onstage with Pops (DVDs available now. . search Amazon)
> and judging from the look on Armstong's face, Trummy is definitely
> looked at by Louis as an "equal". . .and that means a lot. Louis
> Armstrong is probably rightly credited with having been one-of, or THE
> most central figure in advancing jazz in the early part of the 20th
> century. Trummy was there and in "spades".
> I only wish I'd met the guy. Everybody says he was the nicest guy. . .
> Trummy will wind up as one of the most important figures in jazz,
> after all the dust settles and people begin to truly assess "who did
> what and when." . .
> And of course he could play ludicrously high when the spirit arose.
> Chris Tune
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Samuel Jay Keyser" <keyser at mit.edu>
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>> There is a great one, Trummy Young. He had the loudest super high
>> B-flat in the business and he could swing! A good example of his
>> singing and trombone virtuosity is on Margie, a recording he made
>> with the Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra.
>> This is a guy who was at the top of the swing era trombonists and yet
>> his memory seems to have faded. Am I wrong?
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