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venerdì 27 marzo 2009

China Boy - Lino Patruno and Oscar Klein

Tribute to Muggsy Spanier and Sidney Bechet
Oscar Klein (trumpet)
Bruno Castracucchi (clarinet)
Marco Ratti (bass)
Lino Patruno (guitar)

Francis Joseph Julian "Muggsy" Spanier (1906–1967) was a prominent white cornet player based in Chicago. He was renowned as the best trumpet/cornet in Chicago until Bix Beiderbecke entered the scene.
Muggsy led several traditional / "hot" jazz bands, most notably Muggsy Spanier and His Ragtime Band (which did not, in fact, play ragtime but, rather, "hot jazz" that would now be called Dixieland. This band set the style for all later attempts to play traditional jazz with a swing rhythm section. It's key members, apart from Muggsy, were: George Brunies - later Brunis- (trombone and vocals), Rodney Cless (clarinet), George Zack or Joe Bushkin (piano), Ray McKinstry, Nick Ciazza or Bernie Billings (tenor sax), and Bob Casey (bass). A number of competent but unmemorable drummers worked in the band.

Sidney Bechet (May 14, 1897 – May 14, 1959) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer.
He was one of the first important soloists in jazz (beating cornetist/trumpeter Louis Armstrong to the recording studio by several months and later playing duets with Armstrong), and was perhaps the first notable jazz saxophonist of any sort. Forceful delivery, well-constructed improvisations, and a distinctive wide vibrato characterized Bechet's playing.
Shortly before his death in Paris, Bechet dictated his poetic autobiography, Treat It Gentle. He died on his 62nd birthday.

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