Jazz History Quiz #74

July 1st, 2015

The correct answer is Tiny Grimes!

 

Tiny Grimes was one of the earliest jazz electric guitarists to be influenced by Charlie Christian, and he developed his own swinging style. Early on, he was a drummer and worked as a pianist in Washington. In 1938, he started playing electric guitar, and two years later he was playing in a popular jive group, the Cats and the Fiddle. During 1943-1944, Grimes was part of a classic Art Tatum Trio which also included Slam Stewart. In September 1944, he led his first record date, using Charlie Parker; highlights include the instrumental “Red Cross” and Grimes’ vocal on “Romance Without Finance (Is a Nuisance).” He also recorded for Blue Note in 1946, and then put together an R&B-oriented group, “the Rockin’ Highlanders,” that featured the tenor of Red Prysock during 1948-1952. Although maintaining a fairly low profile, Tiny Grimes was active up until his death, playing in an unchanged swing/bop transitional style and recording as a leader for such labels as Prestige/Swingville, Black & Blue, Muse, and Sonet.

– Scott Yanow, for the All Music Guide to Jazz

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A 1943 film of Tiny Grimes, with Art Tatum and Slam Stewart

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  1. We are so lucky to have been in an age where we can have theses films. Mr. Tatum with that casual focus. Masterful! And the inert-play between Mr. Grimes and Mr. Tatum is filled with years of knowledge, while at the same time the spontaneity of discovery. And then the looks of impatience with the cameraman as they put down great take after great take wondering if the guy will ever get it on film. Thanks!

  2. We are so lucky to have been in an age where we can have theses films. Mr. Tatum with that casual focus. Masterful! And the inert-play between Mr. Grimes and Mr. Tatum is filled with years of knowledge, while at the same time the spontaneity of discovery. And then the looks of impatience with the cameraman as they put down great take after great take wondering if the guy will ever get it on film. Thanks!

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