The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #173083   Message #4198068
Posted By: meself
26-Feb-24 - 01:20 PM
Thread Name: Rhapsody In Blue at 100
Subject: RE: Rhapsody In Blue at 100
I kind of grew up with the Bernstein recording, and me big brudder mastering the piano solos for a couple of years of performances with the high school orchestra (yes, as a matter of fact, there were some really good players in that bunch). It was quite a surprise and revelation years later when I heard a recording from a jazz ensemble made in the ... later 'twenties, maybe? - that really sounded like 'twenties jazz - wah-wah trumpets, high-hat cymbal, etc. To state the obvious, perhaps, the Bernstein recording places the piece within the grand orchestral tradition, while that other recording, whoever it was by, places it firmly within the jazz/popular-music scene of the 'twenties. Both have their appeal, for me.