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"How am I to know?" 1929 Trumbauer Orchestra w. Lang

Lango-DjangoLango-Django Niagara-On-The-Lake, ONModerator
edited May 2016 in Eddie Lang Club


I just heard this tune for the first time last weekend at a 78 record collectors' meetup, and found Eddie's guitar work particularly enchanting. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

On my computer this comes out perfectly in tune in the key of A major, which begs the question... what key did the Trumbauer Orchestra actually record it in?

Ab? Bb? or actually A major? There's not much jazz on it thus the key of A major may possibly been chosen by the singer, Smith Ballew?

Anyway, if anybody wants to work out some of Eddie's lovely arps--- so different from anything in gypsy jazz!--- here are the basic chords, which also really different than anything you're probably used to playing but they sure have that real 1920's "modern white guys" sound...

B9 % Dm % E7 % A6 %

B9 % Dm % E7 % Em6 F#7

F#7 % Dm % E7 % A6 Adim

B9 % Dm % E7 % E7b9 A6

Have fun!

Will
I live in a little tourist town called Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada, which is about twenty miles north of Niagara Falls.

If you are ever planning on visiting the beautiful Niagara area, feel free to PM me and perhaps we can get together and do some jamming.

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  • Don't forget Frankie played C melody sax so he played in concert key. Given the size of the orchestra, it's likely to have been written in a horn friendly key. 5# for tenors and I trumpets 6# for alto's if written in concert A.

    I find the guitar background to be competing with the vocalist a bit too much for my liking.
    The Magic really starts to happen when you can play it with your eyes closed
  • woodamandwoodamand Portland, ORâś­âś­âś­ 2015 JWC Favino replica
    Or it could be that the recording speed itself was wonky - I have seen this happen on recordings of that era.
  • Lango-DjangoLango-Django Niagara-On-The-Lake, ONModerator
    Yes, definitely, woodamand!

    While A major might have been okay for Trumbauer with his C-melody sax, as Jay mentioned, it would be just too crazy for all the other brass and saxes.
    I live in a little tourist town called Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada, which is about twenty miles north of Niagara Falls.

    If you are ever planning on visiting the beautiful Niagara area, feel free to PM me and perhaps we can get together and do some jamming.
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