144

Larry Fine: Larry Fine Meets Stuff Smith: Fine Stuff

Ken Dryden By

Sign in to view read count
Larry Fine: Larry Fine Meets Stuff Smith: Fine Stuff Larry Fine was often shown playing the violin in various The Three Stooges shorts, but what many fans don't realize is that he really played the instrument. Fortunately, he was also interested in jazz and an admirer of Stuff Smith. This long forgotten radio broadcast likely originated from a Hollywood club during one of the recording bans put in place by James J. Petrillo in the 1940s. It was so obscure that even Anthony Barnett, Stuff Smith discographer and owner of the jazz violin label AB Fable, was unaware of its existence. He tried to acquire it to issue it himself, though the Japanese collector who stumbled across these performances decided to issue it himself.

The music is quite enjoyable, with Fine generally soloing first to avoid being overshadowed by the talented Smith. It's only natural that they would play "Three Blind Mice," which was the theme song for many of the Three Stooges' film shorts, this version is full of fun and hot solos. Dvorak's "Humoresque" was of great interest to jazz musicians with a classical background (especially Art Tatum), and this version does not disappoint.

Most of the rest of the date includes standards from the 1930s and 1940s, though Fine joins Smith in the jive vocal fun of the latter's hit song "I'se A-Muggin.'" The rhythm section is first rate, with pianist Teddy Wilson, bassist John Simmons and drummer Cozy Cole, with guitarist Les Paul sitting in for the exciting finale of "Caravan" that stretches for an incredible twelve minutes. While the sound exhibits some wear from the source material and audience noise, it will be of great interest to fans of jazz violin, though its limited distribution in North America will make it hard to acquire.

Track Listing: Three Blind Mice; My Blue Heaven; Humoresque; Ain't She Sweet; I Know That You Know; Honeysuckle Rose; I'se A-Muggin'; Caravan.

Personnel: Larry Fine: violin, vocals; Stuff Smith: violin, vocals; Teddy Wilson: piano; John Simmons: bass; Cozy Cole: drums; Les Paul: electric guitar.

Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Shigatsubaka

April fools!


comments powered by Disqus

Shop

More Articles

Read Numbers CD/LP/Track Review Numbers
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 30, 2017
Read Copenhagen Live 1964 CD/LP/Track Review Copenhagen Live 1964
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 30, 2017
Read The Busker CD/LP/Track Review The Busker
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 30, 2017
Read Pathways CD/LP/Track Review Pathways
by Jerome Wilson
Published: May 30, 2017
Read This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People CD/LP/Track Review This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: May 29, 2017
Read Nigerian Spirit CD/LP/Track Review Nigerian Spirit
by James Nadal
Published: May 29, 2017
Read "Ensam" CD/LP/Track Review Ensam
by Ian Patterson
Published: August 26, 2016
Read "Love For Sale" CD/LP/Track Review Love For Sale
by Geannine Reid
Published: June 23, 2016
Read "The Wild" CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Jerome Wilson
Published: March 15, 2017
Read "Smooth Shake" CD/LP/Track Review Smooth Shake
by Jack Bowers
Published: January 3, 2017
Read "Crystal Moth" CD/LP/Track Review Crystal Moth
by Glenn Astarita
Published: January 1, 2017
Read "The Candy Men" CD/LP/Track Review The Candy Men
by Edward Blanco
Published: August 28, 2016

Why wait?

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, hide slide-outs, and provide read access to our future articles.

Buy it!