The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 244
On this radio program I play a lot of obscurities, and today is no exception. But for some musicians, it's hard to understand how come they never got any recognition. So one might wonder what happened to Raymond Barrow - he laid down a perfect early boogie woogie on one side of a '29 Paramount disc, and that was everything that's left of him. (The flip was for a bluesman of similar fate and quality, the mysterious Freezone.)
But simply stunning is the originality and quality of another goodie on today's playlist, from the obscure band of Nate Leslie. You might expect a gem like this with one of the top swing bands of the era, but Leslie never got recorded but for these two sides, and one can just wonder, was this an extremely lucky shot of a moderate territory band, or did both record producers and history overlook a great talent?
It's in today's musical journey that, as usual, spans from the roaring twenties to the rocking fifties.