The inspiration for Jazz musicians came often from traditional songs or from spirituals. They took the song and improvised over it. An example is the spiritual Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho.
One of my favourite version is from 1946 by New Orleans pioneer and trombonist Edward “Kid” Ory (1886-1973).
Ory's career spans over 50 years. From 1912 until 1919 he led one of the most popular bands in New Orleans. Although he left the music business in the 30s to run a chicken farm, he made a major comeback in the 40s. 1943 he rivived Kid Ory's Creole Orchestra and he played, toured and recorded until he retired 1966.
I just love this song! The rhythm section makes me dance immediately, the singers are great, the clarinet voicing is beautiful, and not to forget the warm trombone solo.
Title: Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho
Artist: Kid Ory's Creole Orchestra
Tempo: 160 bpm
Dance: Lindy Hop, Balboa
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