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February 11, 1939 - Image 24

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The Hills, Is'
Here To Stay
Social psychologists have recently=
astonished the swing-mad country with
the declaration that swing is as old as
the hills, that it will not stay and that
there's nothing to it anyway.
What difference is there between the
Big Apple and the Charleston or the
Black Bottom of the post-war period,:
they ask. Swing is as old as the hills.
But swing is a new freedom of musical
expression, hepcats reply, quoting King

B. Goodman. The extemporaneous
"ride" is the essence of swing, alligators
and jitterbugs point out. Under the old
dogma jazz was confined to having the
Musicians carefully follow the score,
and the leader was important. Now the
score is merely marked with notations
showing which musician is to take a
"ride" and that cat is free to improvise
as he pleases. There's where swing
comes in.
But the long hairs reply by pointing
to jazz history. Long before Izzy El-
mans, or Fats Waller, the founding.
fathers of jazz - Bix Beiderbecke and
old Joe Venuti had more freedom in
their organizations than Dorsey or Shaw
(who is the most versatile and elastic
in his arrangements) would dream of
allowing their men, and they started

together and raced to the end. They orchestras "swing it" or "hit i
"rode" when and how they wanted to- effort to spur them to greate:
If we felt that such an outrageous in- in their playing. Dancers and
dictment of the fine arts had any truth took up the phrase and thus I
in it we should be cut to the quick. We
are sure an epidemic of Hari Kari would swing originated. Tha's all
follow in the colleges and universities of to it, the debunkers of swing say
the nation if these insidious agitators were all there was to it, we wou
knew what they are talking about. But - that swing is only a new phase
by gum they don't! but there was more, and ther
Swing as music, we aimit, may not whAeccompanyme fron a w
be intrinsically different from the hot- dictionary of terms that lik
cha jazz of the early 1900's. But what poetry have a tonal quality tha
makes swing unique, something more and particle of swing. Whe:
important, someting that is a motivat-.trumpet ad fibs a ride the audie
ing social force, something that like that freedom. The new rhythn
the marijuana weed, drives men mad, a combination of the old jazz
is that it is not limited to the band. voodoo rhythm modernized by t
"Swing" originated about five years swingster of the southland, ta
ago when band leaders called to their on the audience.

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