3/17/2005 07:05:00 AM|||Geoffrey Balasoglou|||
Its been great to hear all the Stagolee related songs that have been posted. I've been planning to make a post myself earlier on in the week, but due to being "overworked" at work I haven't had the opportunity till now.

Since my specialty area on this forum is jazz, I'd thought I'd contribute some of my favourite instrumental jazz versions of the Stack O'Lee Blues.

The first comes from one of the most influential jazz composers/band leaders in jazz history. None other than Duke Ellington. The band that recorded this version of Stack O'Lee was originally led by Banjo player Elmer Snowden, however only after 3 months Elmer left, leaving Duke Ellington as the leader way back in 1923. This recording with essentially the same band was recorded in early 1928, and by this time the originally name of "the Washingtonians" had been changed to "Duke Ellington and His Kentucky Club Orchestra". It's a fine version of Stack O'Lee Blues and the highlight of the piece is a wonderful stride influenced piano solo by Duke Ellington (it's a complete solo, not even the rhythm section plays).

Duke Ellington and His Kentucky Club Orchestra - Stack O'Lee Blues

My second choice is Sidney Bechet's recording of "Old Stack O'Lee Blues". This recording was an early release by Blue Note Records, and while Blue Note records is normally associated with Be-bop and Hard-bop, it's origins can be found on its earliest releases of traditional/dixieland recordings. Sidney Bechet recorded this version in New York for Blue Note the February of 1946. It is clearly recorded, and features beautiful clarinet playing by both Bechet and Albert Nicholas (the second clarinetist on the date), and a nice little piano solo as well by Art Hodes.

Sidney Bechet - Old Stack O'Lee Blues

Instrumental versions of Stack O'Lee often have a different mood to those recorded with Vocals, since its far more difficult to put a point across without lyrics. However I think these recordings should provide an interesting comparison and it's good music too of course!

(I have to leave it there, since I have work tomorrow and its past midnight, I have a couple of more jazz covers to post, as well as some other non-jazz related covers too. I'll hopefully get through them tomorrow.)

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Great post.

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