Monday 13 July 2015 Max Emmons and his band One More Time dipped in to their huge repertoire of tunes last night and delighted the audience with their music. They really add value to their performance by researching facts about each tune and Max kindly gave me a copy of his info sheet so here are a few for your interest:
(The ladies of) Calcutta,1958, Heino Gaze, key Eb, originally called Tivoli Melody it was subsequently shortened to Calcutta (which in French, means ‘what a nice bottom you have!’ ‘Quel cult tu as’). The ‘modern’ lyrics come from Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss. Underneath (‘Neath) Hawaiian Skies, 1920, Fred Rose, Ernie Erdman, key Bb, the only Jazz version Max has heard that is not derivative, is on the famous Herbert Otto’s party recording on which George Lewis and associated musicians were invited to play and record at an informal party, in return for drinks and food, for them and their families. It’s noisy, rumbustious and a great track. Canal Street Blues, 1923, King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, co-written by Louis and King Joe, key F, variously interpreted, Max favours Cy Laurie’s version recorded in the 50s with Disley on banjo and the excellent Sonny Morris on trumpet who’s solo Max always uses when playing this number. Darkness on the Delta (When it’s…), 1932, Livingstone, Symes and Neiburg, key Eb, probably made popular with the jazz fraternity by George Lewis playing this on this ‘Singing Clarinet’ record. As a child Max had a 78 record of the tune which he and his brother played on his wind-up, but he has no recollection of the band. Checking You Tube he thinks it might have been Sydney Lipton’s Orchestra.
The band were:
Max Emmons – Trumpet and vocals
Peter Smith – Alto Sax and Clarinet
Mike Pointon – Trombone and vocals
Damian Murphy – Electric Piano
Ken Ames – Double Bass
Dave ‘Pumphouse’ Evans – Drums
One More Time play every Tuesday evening at The Brewery Tap in Brentford (they’ve been doing sessions there for 25 years now) and we hope to see them back at the club again soon.
Next month, Mon 10 August at Griffin Park we have West London Rhythm Kings and Chas McDevitt. See you then!