Happy Birthday, Miles! 🎺
On the Corner blends jazz, funk, rock and Indian influences, using studio editing techniques to create an album that was panned when it was released in 1972 but later recognized as an influence on electronica, funk, hip-hop and beyond.
Swipe left for record clip! A recent dig through the jazz shelf resulted in this misplaced surprise. The Wolverines, or the Wolverine Orchestra, formed in late 1923 and played clubs and dancehalls in the Midwest during 1924. They recorded 15 sides with Gennett in 1924, and 13 of those included a young Bix Beiderbecke. He was clearly the band's top talent, and he’s at the front on their recordings. All of the members were competent, and sometimes quite improvisational. “Sensation” was recorded in September 1924, and released quickly after in October, just as Bix left the band. We suspect that this dubbed, plain white label, pirate red vinylite disc is the work of the famous (or infamous depending on your perspective) jazz collector and recorder Boris Rose. He dubbed rare, out-of-print records from his own collection in the 1940’s, and cut them on red vinylite discs for mail order sale to jazz collectors. Rose’s story is remarkable really – look him up sometime for a fun read.
Swipe left for record clip! Here’s a little pop tune that was popular about the time the Skillet Lickers were sawing some fiddle standards in late 1928. The soothing and melancholic sound of Seger Ellis’ voice was perfectly suited for the late 1920’s sound. He recorded “Sentimental Baby” with violin and piano backing (and maybe a little clarinet?) in September 1928, and was a big hit for him and Okeh.