Easter time = Bunny time, or to be more precisley: Bunny Berigan time! 🙂
Roland Bernard ‹Bunny› Berigan (02.11.1908-02.06.1942) enjoyed a relatively brief period of fame, lasting from 1931 through 1939 – for the first half of those eight years a rapidly rising name within the music business, and for the second as a star before the public, featured in the bands he played in and leading his own outfit.
And from 1935 through 1939, he was regarded as the top trumpeter in jazz (with his main competition being Louis Armstrong and Roy Eldridge).
Yet despite the brevity of his career and his all-too-short life, he remains one of the most compelling trumpet players in the history of the music.
It's all in the sheer quality of his work – blessed with a beautiful tone and a wide range (Berigan's low notes could be as memorable as his upper-register shouts), Berigan brought excitement to every session he appeared on.
He was not afraid to take chances during his solos and could be a bit reckless, but Berigan's successes and occasional failures were always colorful to hear, at least until he drank it all away.
Source biography: Allmusic
Chicken And Waffles was composed by Berigan himself. A happy, light swinging song for Balboa dancers! I suppose there is a washboard used for percussion and rhythm!
Title: Chicken And Waffles
Artist: Bunny Berigan & His Blue Boys
Tempo: 229 bpm
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