1933 in Music

Music reviews of music released in 1933.

1. Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra: “Queer Notions” (9/10)

“Queer Notions” starts off with another faux-Eastern thing but soon jumps out of that into pretty classic swing. Hawkins’ solo is a classic. As is the one from the solo trumpet (whoever was playing it).

2. Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra: “Can You Take It?” (9/10)

“Can You Take It?” is one I’ve heard before somewhere for sure. That or its language was stolen for another song (or more). It’s pretty classic swing. You can see why some people regard Henderson’s band as the real the kings of swing when you listen to this.

2. Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra: “King Porter Stomp” (9/10)

“King Porter Stomp” is a real oldie – it predates jazz. Apparently Goodman cribbed Henderson’s arrangement and turned that into a standard, so that sucks for Henderson. It definitely swings. I’m guessing maybe Goodman’s was better produced or something. This has some classic solos.

4. Memphis Minnie: “My Butcher Man” (9/10)

A particularly dirty blues song from Minnie (who has her share), it feels kind of empowering relatively speaking. The playing is excellent and it’s one of her better tracks of the decade. You never thought “slice my pork chops” could be dirty, did you?

5. Horace Henderson and His Orchestra: “Happy Feet” (8/10)

“Happy Feet” has a rather large band for what is mostly a quartet during the verses. It’s an odd one though it gets more interesting when it nears the minute mark.

6. Arthur Honegger: Symphonic Movement No. 3 (7/10)

The third, unnamed, “symphonic movement” is as vibrant as the other two but is considerably less daring, given its era. That being said, I almost like it the most of all three, though. There’s something about it that appeals to me.

7. Edward Elgar: “Mina” (5/10)

I’m pretty sure I heard a piano version of this and it’s an orchestral piece.

The Chocolate Dandies: “Blue Interlude”

Haven’t heard this one in a while. Didn’t rate individual tracks at the time. One to revisit.

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