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California Brass Marimba Orchestra: Do You Ever Think of Me?

May 22, 2010

California Brass Marimba Orchestra
Do You Ever Think of Me?

Recorded in 1921

Brass bands and marimba bands were both very popular around 1920, so why not combine the two? I think it might have worked very well if there had been more musicians, but here there are neither enough brasses nor enough marimbas to make a really impressive effect. I especially miss the bass: I would have traded the saxophone for a sousaphone or something. The drummer belatedly tries to throw a little jazz feeling in with his woodblocks near the end, but it’s too little and too late.

Still, it’s interesting to hear a tune that would become a jazz standard. Here it is at the beginning of its life, played straight, with the verse as well as the chorus. And, of course, there are marimbas, and how often do you get to hear this tune played on marimbas these days?

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