In this edition:
Harry James decided to pay tribute to Basie by composing an arrangement around the famous “One O’Clock” Jump riff. The result is a song that I get asked the name of every time I DJ it.
This is one of our staples for teaching/practicing. It has a fantastic swing groove throughout the entire recording, high fidelity, and goes through a wide range of simple-but-very-common-swing musicality. It’s well-suited for either a medium Lindy Hop or a slower Bal and Bal-Swing. It is also so good that it gets students pumped up and dancing moves more so than trying to work them out, so this is something we tend to use *after* students have started to get familiar with a concept. Use sparingly and accordingly.
The only other thing to be aware of is that the horns get pretty loud/shrill at the end, and so fight the urge to play it loud, no matter how great it sounds to do so.