The Dime Notes focus on a variety of compositions with a special focus on Jelly Roll Morton and Sidney Bechet. Morton greatly valued multi-part pieces, and one particularly important aspect to his aesthetic was the “Spanish Tinge,” a unique blend of Caribbean rhythms and tango/habanera patterns which he considered to be absolutely essential to the jazz feeling.
Since the clarinet is the sole horn in the group rather than the more traditional multi-horn front line, the piano often plays an embellishment role more traditional of the clarinet. Naturally we were drawn to the powerful playing of Sidney Bechet, whose style on was very reminiscent of trumpet players.
Outside of the Bechet and Morton tunes, we have chosen some other interesting gems from the era.