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Author Topic: Merline Johnson's 'Separation Blues'/Jeep's Blues  (Read 1220 times)

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Offline Richard

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Merline Johnson's 'Separation Blues'/Jeep's Blues
« on: October 23, 2006, 12:03:06 PM »
Lovely tune, used to do it with a band, Rent Party Blues is in a similar vein.

Hodges recorded it 28 March 1938, under his own name and I'm don't think Ellington did it, certainly not pre-war and of course there is the famous one at the same Newport concert as Dim & Crescendo.

Can you post a track of the Merline Johnson thing.. oh and what date is that??
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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2006, 12:06:20 PM »
Personally don't know either number but on points of information, Jeep's Blues by Hodges was recorded March 28, 1938 for Vocalion, followed by Merline Johnson and her Separation Blues for Columbia on July 7th 1938 (BUT NEVER RELEASED until that CD). Al Cooper and his Savoy Sultans recorded their version of Jeep's blues for Decca on July 28 1938. August 24, 1938 Hodges recorded a "follow-up", The Jeep Is Jumpin'.

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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2006, 12:20:49 PM »

Holy mackrel, BH you are getting into jazz   :-X and one up to you (or even up yours'  ;) ) for getting Al Cooper I forgot all about that.. odd band sort of swung but it didn't!!
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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2006, 12:37:55 PM »
Holy mackrel, BH you are getting into jazz 
I have one or two relevant books to which I can refer when the need arises. Sometimes a much quicker method than trawling through a list of umpteen possible answers (or not) via google.

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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2006, 12:50:20 PM »
Glad you have some educational material there, BH.

Ummm Cheapfeet, posting things... omg, ummm... errrrr... where do we start  :-X Surely there are some basic instructions on the site somewhere... aren't there ???  Have you looked........ yet?  ;)
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Merline Johnson's 'Separation Blues'/Jeep's Blues
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2006, 10:06:14 AM »
Round about May 37 Hodges started taking most of Ellingtons band in the studio under his own name (and even with Ellington on piano for several numbers!) they recorded lots of stuff, the sessions finished July 41.

They did so many titles they seemed to run our of titles as amongst some brilliant stiff we have the fogotten ones like... Krum Elbow Blues, Kitchen Mechanic's Day, Empty Ballroom Blues, Dance of the Goon..... etc

As I said before, Jeeps Blues was 28.3.38   and is see The Jeep is Jumpin was 24.8.38
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