Records from Tempo


December 4, 2015
By joycejohnston

For an interesting comparison, check out the original 1920 recording of this popular jazz standard by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.

Sweet Georgia Brown

November 1, 2015
By joycejohnston

One thing we have that we quite like is this wonderfully clean 10″ disk of Brother Bones and His Shadows doing the iconic (and quite possibly best known version of) “Sweet Georgia Brown” on Tempo Records (TR 652). “Sweet Georgia Brown” was written in 1925 by Ben Bernie and Maceo Pinkard with lyrics by Kenneth Casey. Brother Bones’ and His Shadows recorded this instrumental version in 1949. It was adopted as the Harlem Globetrotters theme in 1952.

What I love about this version is how slow and lazy he makes it, how relaxed it all is. He doesn’t go in for the ‘paid-by-the-note’ pyrotechnics of many other versions. He just let it roll out — so easy — and it’s perfect! There is a lesson in here somewhere.

Here’s a video of it that we posted on YouTube: