My silly title shouldn’t distract you from the hot jazz to follow. The song is YOU (no, not the Cole Porter classic) — music by Walter Donaldson, lyrics by Harold Adamson, performed first in the 1936 THE GREAT ZIEGFELD. I think of it as the songwriter’s solution to the problem of potential sheet music buyers being unable to remember the title.
Here’s a hot performance of YOU by Ray Skjelbred’s First Thursday Band — at the New Orleans Restaurant in Seattle on March 1, 2012: Steve Wright, alto; Ray, piano; Dave Brown, string bass; Mike Daugherty, drums:
I know that in this century we value NEW and IMPROVED very highly, but music isn’t detergent. And what I love about this rocking performance is the way it eagerly and expertly brings musical styles of “the past” into “the present” so convincingly that these distinctions fall away. Since everything is transitory, we may live…
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