Abe Lyman - Shake That Thing


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Abe Lyman (1897-1957) was a popular bandleader from the 1920s to the 1940s. He made recordings, appeared in films and provided the music for numerous radio shows. Abe learned to play the drums when he was young, and at the age of 14 he had a job as a drummer in a Chicago café. Soon after that, when Abe’s nine-piece band first played at the Sunset in LA, it was a success, but the club closed. For an engagement at the Cocoanut Grove in The Ambassador Hotel on April 1, 1922, Abe added a violinist and saxophonist. The Lyman Orchestra toured Europe in 1929, appearing at the Kit Cat Club and the Palladium in London and at the Moulin Rouge and the Perroquet in Paris. Abe Lyman and his orchestra were featured in a number of early talkies. During the 1930s, the Lyman Orchestra was heard regularly on such shows as Accordiana and Waltz Time. When Lyman was 50 years old, he left the music industry and died at the age of 60. This almost perplexing record which seems stylistically 30 years ahead of its time, was made as early as 1926.

11 commentaires

Jazzgirl, definitely one of the hottest recordings ever; thank you for your appreciation.
Par kspm0220s il y a 6 ans
This is one of the real classic hot jazz Lyman recordings. Lyman's drums are clearly heard on this recording. He was not just a token leader of a band but a fine jazz drummer as this recording shows. Thanks for sharing.
Par Jazzgirl1920s il y a 6 ans
I'm with you bostonblakie, one could hardly have put it better than you did.
Par kspm0220s il y a 6 ans
To me, there was a slow steady decline in the quality of main stream popular musical preference following the passing of the big bands, climaxing in today's performance enhancing equipment, outlandish costumes that seem to reject the prevailing culture, with all emphasis on a pounding "beat" rather than a "song" and making audience participation key to the whole hyped up frenzied atmosphere having little or nothing to do with what might even remotely be characterized as music. All that being said, there are some indications of musical good taste to be found today and one can hope that a new generation will find them and begin a counter-revolution in popular musical tastes. Until then, look for me on my favorite vintage music sites.
Par Boston Blackie il y a 6 ans
Exactly Genia, this sounds like 50's rock 'n roll. Such a pity Lyman wasn't with WMG, he would have been a millionaire in minutes thanks to those zillions of royalties.
Par kspm0220s il y a 6 ans
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