Great Swing Music: “Joshua Fit The Battle of Jericho” by Sidney Bechet

August 21, 2014

jazz_csg_054_sidney_bechet1This is a new series here, where we talk about some of our favorite songs. Kate and I (Bobby) are both extremely passionate about the music we dance, teach, and practice to.

In this edition:

“Joshua Fit The Battle of Jericho” by Sidney Bechet.

You can hear it here

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10 years ago, Kyle Smith was the only DJ I knew of who had this song. He played it something like five times at one of the All Balboa Weekends, because he instantly recognized what a good song it was, and that swing dancers would gravitate towards it. To say the least, it did. Now, ten years later, it’s one of the most consistently played songs in both Lindy Hop and Balboa.

It has a very catchy melody, great rhythm, lots of parts to play with the music, and a great shout chorus.

But aside from all these things, it has a special place on my playlist — because its piercing sound and loud rhythm are one of the easiest songs to hear when the speakers aren’t loud enough. Like, for instance, when you are doing a private lesson in a crowded room and all you have is an ipad.

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