Download PDF here Jimmie River’ Trumpet solo
Listen to Youtube Audio here
“On a Slow Boat to China”
Download lead sheet “On a Slow Boat to China”
Listen to Barney Kessel’s version
Here are a few other versions that I checked out while learning this tune
Download Jimmie Rivers’ solo on “Back Bay Shuffle”
Someone recently asked me the question, “Who is the most underrated guitarist in the history of guitar?” I can easily answer that…Jimmie Rivers! The album Brisbane Bop from Jimmie Rivers and the Cherokees featuring steel guitar ace Vance Terry is a must have for any serious jazz or western swing fan. The whole record from start to finish is amazing. Luckily for us someone was smart enough to record the band during their four year stint at the 23 Club. Jimmie’s solos are blazing and inventive and even though his recorded output is limited to a few records it was enough to solidify him as one of the greatest guitarists ever!
Learning to play along with this solo was challenging but so much fun. Some of my favorite parts of the solo is the yelling and screaming from the audience. The raw energy and joy felt in those screams and yells puts you right in the space as if you you right there at the 23 Club digging the band.
For more info on Jimmie Rivers and the Cherokees click here
Recently I have been on a major Western Swing kick and have been loving discovering a ton of new music. There is always so much to learn and you never know what new discoveries are waiting just around the corner.
Jimmie and Vance Terry and the whole band are completely burning on this. Western Swing and Jazz are so connected but I feel like this often gets lost on many hardcore jazzers. The band on this record has a deep sense of swing, a highly sophisticated sense of melodic improvisation, and a super tight and highly arranged group dynamic.
Check out the original from the Artie Shaw band
Download the Lead Sheet for “Back Bay Shuffle”
* Please note that the lead sheet is a basic version of this tune, it doesn’t feature the harmonizations played on the record.