A few people are doing a Track of the Week, or some such – and I really can’t see myself sticking to that week on week. I think I’m better off with some Music of the Moment, where I post one or more tracks that I particularly like, without committing to any particular schedule.
Anyway – something low-key for the first one – Putney Dandridge with A Little Bit Independent
This is a beautiful little track from the mid-30s, with some gorgeous quirky rhythms coming from the delicate piano style, Roy Eldridge’s trumpet, and Putney’s distinctive vocals – he didn’t have the most melodic voice, but it suits this song so well. To me, the track comes across as just a touch melancholic, which somehow works – but I’m not sure if everyone gets the same feeling from it.
I initially assumed it was Putney Dandridge on piano, but the lightness of touch is extremely reminiscent of Teddy Wilson, who is credited on the album. Lacking the liner notes, I can’t say for sure which of the two it was.
While I’m with Putney, here’s another more up-tempo offering from the same line-up – Here Comes Your Pappy. There’s an infectious cheerful energy to this one that’s hard to beat.