Sunday, May 13, 2018

One Morning in May

Victor 24505-A (1933)
Hoagy Carmichael composed One Morning in May and Mitchell Parish wrote the lyrics. However, Carmichael's initial version of the song had its debut at the shown Victor disc recorded October 10, 1933 as an instrumental performed by the composer at the piano featuring a swinging combo

Vocalist Marion Harris
Other artists and orchestras of the time seem to have favoured the song performed with the lyrics by Mitchell Parish changing the music into a ballad, an example is the version recorded by Marion Harris in April 1934

One Morning in May was adopted by jazz musicians and later versions comprise both vocal and instrumenal versions of the song. Here I'll concentrate on some instrumental examples uploaded at You Tube. Firstly, Benny Carter and his orchestra recorded a swinging version in 1958, inserted below

Dusko Goykovich (photo by OhWeh, 2010 - Wikimedia)
Jazz trumpeter Dusko Goykovich recorded a great instrumental version of One Morning in May at his 2001 CD entitled In My Dreams

Another contemporary instrumental issue of One Morning in May was recorded by pianist Bill Charlap in a trio setting at his 2001 album entitled Stardust

Vibraphonist Lars Erstrand (You Tube)
The last example here of a contemporary instrumental version of One Morning in May was recorded by Swedish vibraphonist Lars Erstrand with Finish clarinetist Antti Sarpila in 2004 at the album entitled We've Got a Heartful of Music


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