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Morning Song – The Bean Stalks Again

May 27, 2017

Outsourcing for musical analysis/history to commenter “medjuck” on the jazz forums discussion page:

On the 1941 Metronome All Stars version of “One O’Clock Jump” Coleman Hawkins begins his solo with a 3 note repeated riff that shows up a few months later as the main theme of the Basie band’s “Feedin’ the Bean” with Hawkins sitting in. It’s credited to Basie as composer but on The Hawk In HiFi it’s called “The Bean Stalks Again” and is credited to Hawkins….

Later in that same thread commenter “bichos” traces Hawkins’ use of that riff through 20 years of recorded jazz history—back to a 1937 all-star jam in Paris with Benny Carter and Django Reinhardt and forward to this 1956 recording of “The Bean Stalks Again” with Billy Byers and his orchestra.

It’s the kind of riff that can get in your head and brighten your whole day.





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