Review of the day by Scott Yanow: The Savoy Orpheans, Savoy Havana Band and the Sylvians 1923-1927 Everybody Stomp26-04-2013
The Savoy Hotel in London was the original home for both the Savoy Havana Band (1922-23) and the Savoy Orpheans (1923-27). The hottest recordings by both of those orchestras plus the two sides by the Sylvians (who played at the Savoy during part of 1927) are included on this historical and enjoyable CD.
The music of each of these bands fit the mainstream of American jazz of the 1920s and is often more advanced than the other orchestras heard in England during the decade. The Savoy Havana Band is represented by six titles including “Farewell Blues,” “Henpecked Blues,” “When My Sugar Walks Down The Street” and “Everybody Stomp.” Its clean and danceable ensembles are peppered with occasional solos; best known among the sidemen is pianist Billy Mayerl. The Savoy Orpehans, which is featured on 16 selections, was originally inspired by Paul Whiteman but actually played hotter jazz (at least prior to 1927) during their best recordings. One can hear the evolution of jazz in the 1920s through their recordings which include “Eccentric,” “Copenhagen,” “Everybody Loves My Baby,” “Stomp Off, Let’s Go” and “Static Strut” among their best numbers. The Sylvians is most notable for recording one of the few instrumental versions ever of “Mississippi Mud.”
While jazz history books are fond of saying that the first significant European jazz musician was Django Reinhardt in the 1930s, Everybody Stomp shows that there was quite a bit of hot jazz to be heard in London in the 1920s.