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Five Spirits of Rhythm - I got rhythm

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Published on Oct 26, 2008

ARC master B 14095-C, rec. New York, 24 October 1933.
Leo Watson (voc, tipple), Wilbur Daniels (voc, tipple), Douglas Daniels (voc, tipple), Virgil Scoggins (voc, d), Teddy Bunn (voc, g).
A "Harlem renaissance" vocal/instrumental group, the Spirits started playing together in 1929. This jazzy version of George Gershwin's classic seems to be their first recording, and to follow were surprisingly few but excellent additional sides. The group continued until 1937 and spent the following years reuniting and breaking more or less regularly. They played together for the last time in 1946.
Leo Watson, whose scat singing was way ahead of his contemporaries', later appeared with such excellent orchestras as those of Gene Krupa and Artie Shaw. He died in 1950
Teddy Bunn recorded some wonderful solo sides for Blue Note. When he passed away in 1978 he had played with almost all the top black jazz men of his generation, for he was known as an often overlooked but nevertheless creative jazz and blues soloist and surely one of the best rhythm players of his time.
PS: In case you wonder what a tipple is: they called all kinds of home-built instruments "tipple" - be it percussion, guitar, anything ...

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