Wabash Stomp is one of my latest acquisitions. I knew it since a long time but I didn't own it so far.
Only when Kelly Arsenault was playing it in some of her classes with Mickey at Studio Hop Summer Camp I was remembered to add a missing element to my library.
Scott Yanow writes on allmusic.com:
«One of the most exciting trumpeters to emerge during the swing era, Roy Eldridge's combative approach, chance-taking style and strong musicianship were an inspiration (and an influence) to the next musical generation, most notably Dizzy Gillespie. Although he sometimes pushed himself farther than he could go, Eldridge never played a dull solo.»
Listen to this song and you hear immediately what Yanow is writing about. Beside the trumpet, the pumping rhythm section is absolutely outstanding in this song. The deep pitched humming sound reminds me of a locomotive.
Five star rated Balboa tune!
Title: Wabash Stomp
Artist: Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra
Recorded: January 23, 1937
Tempo: 179 bpm