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sliceswiththings's avatar

Why can't I find this jazz song?

Asked by sliceswiththings (11661points) June 2nd, 2011

For years now, what I thought was a jazz standard has been running through my head. Someone finally identified it as “Minor Escamp.” I expected to find tons of covers of it, but I can only find The Birdlanders’ version on iTunes, which I took to be the original.

There wasn’t a single hit on youtube. Does this song have another name?

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jellyfish3232's avatar

There’s an app for iPhone or iPod Touch. Maybe android, too. It’s called SoundHound. You can sing the music into it and it comes up with the name of the song. I’ve really only used the other features of the app, but they work so well, I don’t see why this shouldn’t. There’s a free version of the app so it’s worth a try either way.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Duke Jordan Trio did it in 1954 Minor Escamp

jellyfish3232's avatar

@Tropical_Willie
Well, you just stole my thunder…
Just joking. Good job finding it.

koanhead's avatar

If http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8xZTCIeJIY is the song you are looking for it is more commonly known as “Jordu”.

marinelife's avatar

It was covered by many bands including Dizzy Gillespie in 1957 under the name Jordu.

sliceswiththings's avatar

Aha, Jordu! Mystery solved. Thanks, @koanhead and @marinelife !

fundevogel's avatar

Glad you found it.

I collect old jazz and blues tunes a bit and it can be hard if you’re looking for something in particular, (you try finding Buddy Bolden’s Funky Butt). A lot of these old songs were written before the music industry really existed and when they were recorded the sound quality was often kinda bad. If I remember correctly, the major blues label (paramount? columbia?) was even bad by the standards of the day.

Today there isn’t much of a market for old recordings like that so the companies that hold the recording actually have a disincentive to make them available. It would cost them money to make them available to the public, but they wouldn’t make money on them. Universal Music Group did the right thing when they donated their old masters to the Library of Congress who has been archiving and distributing historical recordings for the public good. Although I suspect Universal just did it to clear out their closets.

Anyhow, if you are into old recordings I recommend the Library of Congress’ and Alan Lomax’ musical content on itunes. It’s pretty impressive

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