We’re recently back from a wonderful week at Swing Summit (after five visits, still my favourite dance camp) – and as usual, I did a fair amount of DJing. I promised I’d put a set list up from one of those sessions, and this is it.
This was from the Saturday night, starting around midnight, and I’d say people weren’t in a high-energy mood. Up for dancing, but it wasn’t generally a crazy week, and this night was no exception – so I was playing it a little cautiously, but overall, things went well.
A few notes. Well All Right – I’ve only started playing this one recently, and it’s a great low-speed energy track. My favourite version is from Harry James, but I haven’t a recording of a good enough quality to play (and believe me, I have tried)
East Side Kick follows on beautifully from that – they’re just two songs that work well together. It’s another recent favourite, and … I adore this track. I find it unusually poignant for a swing track, with almost a tinge of sadness to it at times, but it swings like crazy, and ramps up the energy for a wonderful ending.
If it were possibly to overplay Bob Crosby, then he’s probably a bit overplayed in this set. Luckily, you can’t overplay Bob Crosby, so all is well.
Three Little Fishes – that version is an old favourite. Very much a slow burn – the worst thing about that version is that the beginning is very muffled and quiet, which is a little off putting for dancers. I often turn up the volume for the first couple of phrases, until it gets going properly.
In The Mood – well – losing points because … In The Mood. Regaining points because Bob Crosby. I had to edit a section where something went a little funky with the recording, and part of a phrase seemed to get lost.
Big Mama’s Back in Town – I love that box set, but there’s very little on it that’s working for me for DJing. This, luckily, is one that does – and it’s Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton on absolute top form. A great, cheerful, exultant energy song.
This Bucket’s Got A Hole In It – same box set, similarly wonderful. However – the band takes a break / applause point mid-song, which really does not work for DJing – particularly as the song doesn’t feel complete – so you can’t just stop it at that point. I’ve managed to edit most of that out, and make it sound like a slightly unusual break.
Gimme a Pigfoot – I used to overplay this one a lot – but haven’t used it much for a while. Nice to reconnect with it.
Grand Terrace – another one I currently overuse. It is a great atmosphere builder – a slow track with a lovely chunky rhythm section, filled with barely restrained energy which builds and builds.
The Goon Came On – an old favourite, and I continually try to work out what it’s actually about – the lyrics have me a little confused. One day I’ll figure it out.
I Like Pie – I’ve long ago gone off that song. This version, on the other hand, I could play forever.
Wang Wang Blues – a great track, but with an over long initial few phrases that I find especially dull. Given my short attention span, I edited those sections down the bare minimum – so we can get to the exciting bit more quickly.
All in all, a nice relaxed set – and I very much enjoyed this one.
|Well All Right||Tommy Dorsey||The Remarkable Tommy Dorsey||3:11||152.0|
|East Side Kick||Woody Herman||Woody Herman||3:23||156.0|
|Ain’t Misbehavin’||Frankie Trumbauer||Happy Feet||3:23||130.0|
|Four Or Five Times||Jimmie Noone’s Apex Club Orchestra||Classic Jazz – The World’s Greatest Jazz Collection 1917-193||3:16||127.0|
|Swingin’ On Nothing||Bob Crosby||Jazz Masters||2:55||132.0|
|Little Joe From Chicago||Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy||Swingin’ Swanee Presents Wild Party||2:52||142.0|
|Three Little Fishes||The Mills Brothers||The Very Best of the Mills Brothers||2:37||153.0|
|Take It From The Top||Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra||Complete Chick Webb & Ella Fitzgerald Decca Sessions (1934-1941) (disc 7)||2:57||161.0|
|In The Mood (Straycat Edit)||Bob Crosby||1937/40 Broadcasts||2:36||170.0|
|Big Mama’s Back In Town||Louis Armstrong & All His Stars||Columbia And RCA Victor Live Recordings Of Louis Armstrong And The All Stars [Disc 8]||3:10||168.0|
|Rag Mop||Bob Crosby and the Bobcats||Bob Crosby and the Bobcats: The Complete Standard Transcript||2:15||161.0|
|Study In Red||Larry Clinton||Studies In Clinton||3:15||166.0|
|The Bucket’s Got A Hole In It (Straycat Edit)||Louis Armstrong & All His Stars||Columbia And RCA Victor Live Recordings Of Louis Armstrong And The All Stars [Disc 5]||3:57||149.0|
|Six Appeal (My Daddy Rocks Me)||Benny Goodman;Charlie Christian;Benny Goodman Sextet||Guitar & Bass||3:18||145.0|
|Gimme A Pigfoot||LaVern Baker||Precious Memories / LaVern Sings Bessie Smith||3:09||120.0|
|Grand Terrace||Bob Crosby & His Orchestra||Stomp Off Let’s Go!||3:00||133.0|
|One O’Clock Jump||Ben Webster||Ben Webster: Jazz Explosion, Vol. 1||3:35||145.9|
|I Like Pie, I Like Cake||Jeter – Pillars “Club Plantation” Orchestra||The Territory Bands, 1935 – 1937||2:53||158.0|
|A Blue Serge Suit||Cab Calloway & His Orchestra||Jazz Masters: The Jumpin’ Jive||2:37||162.0|
|The Goon Drag (Gone Wid de Goon)||Sam Price & His Texas Bluesicians||Classic 1936-1947 Count Basie and Lester Young Studio Sessions||3:14||143.0|
|The Goon Came On (GG)||Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra||The Complete Jimmie Lunceford Decca Sessions [Disc 6]||2:22||144.0|
|That’s How I Feel Today||Jay Higginbotham||St. Louis Blues (Best Of)||2:35||156.0|
|Harlem Holiday||Cab Calloway||Complete Jazz Series 1932||2:52||145.0|
|Wang Wang Blues (Straycat Edit)||Kid Ory’s Creole Jazz Band||Kid Ory New Orleans Jazz Man||3:47||154.0|
|Turk’s Blues (Social Polecat)||Turk Murphy’s Jazz Band||Favorites||3:00||118.0|
|Rock It for Me (Remastered)||Chick Webb and His Orchestra||Last Collection (Best Songs Remastered)||3:06||114.0|
|Slow Cookin’ (Reprise)||Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles||High-Fidelity||3:43||137.9|