“Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.”
– Charlie Parker
This is funny!
The tune “Slim´s Jam” relates to Slim Gaillard. Apart from Charlie Parker (alto sax) and Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), the band also contained the relatively unknown swing-era musician Jack McVea (tenor sax) as well as young bebop devotee Dodo Marmarosa (piano). The drummer was the great Zutty Singleton, who in fact played on some of the Hot Five recordings with Louis Armstrong in the 1920s, and the bass was “Bam” Brown. Slim Gaillard played guitar on this track as well as doing the intros in characteristic fashion. Before you listen to this great jam, I share with you a great quote from 2013: “The musicians are holding a conversation with words and another with music. Motown, hip-hop, and today’s music came from right here Daddy-O. If you ain’t diggin’ it kids, then you must not have a pulse! Diggin’ it, I’m diggin’ it and can’t help but feel it!”