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Bernie & Pinkard’s ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’

Frank Vignola & Bucky Pizzarelli meet Dr. Dum d’Dum (AKA Bruce Brown)

Frank Vignola, Bucky Pizzarelli & Friends meet Dr. Dum d’Dum — Sweet Georgia Brown.

Like my last effort — Swing 42 with Tommy Emmanuel & Friends at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELyxS… — this song has a story. It started out as a brilliant live performance by a star-studded cast that was flawed as a listening experience because the first part of Tommy Emmanuel’s intro solo was missing. Apparently, the cameraman didn’t get the camera turned on in time. And the original performance lacked the crucial bass.

I have attempted to rectify this and create a complete song from this bravura performance by cutting Tommy Emmanuel’s solo entirely (even though it hurt like cutting my own flesh). Instead, this version begins with the flaming second solo by violinist Joe Craven.

The solos as they follow then are Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, the whole ensemble, and out. Frank Vignola’s trusty long time sideman, Vinny Raniolo, also played a crucial rhythm guitar role in this performance. And I have added electric bass to this version.

The original live performance of Sweet Georgia Brown by Frank Vignola, Bucky Pizzarelli, Joe Craven, Tommy Emmanuel and Vinny Raniolo is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6IOP…. Please check it out. It’s really fine. Speaking personally, I found it inspiring. And while you’re at it, you might want to check out Frank Vignola’s entire YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/TheFrank…. There’s a wealth of great jazz there! For more Joe Craven, please see https://www.youtube.com/results?searc….

For more Bucky Pizzarelli, please see https://www.youtube.com/results?searc…. For more Joe Craven, please see https://www.youtube.com/results?searc…. For more Tommy Emmanuel, please see https://www.youtube.com/results?searc…. For more Vinny Raniolo, please see https://www.youtube.com/results?searc…. For more Dr. Dum d’Dum, please see https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGGW….

Dr. Dum d’Dum plays a 1996 Ibanez Artcore ASB180 semi-hollow bodied electric bass on this track.

Dr. Dum d’Dum — saving the world, one bass line at a time.

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