Blues Jumped The Rabbit – Oran "Hot Lips" Page
Their are two recorded takes: Classic blues, both takes start with a two-chorus "boogie-woogie" piano solo, then four choruses of Hot Lips vocal. Comparing the two takes gives great insight into the artistry of Hot Lips Page.
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- Recording: Hot Lips Page - Commodore 593A
- Recorded on: March 8, 1944
- Label: Commodore (593A)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: Tenor, B-flat3 to C5 written 8va
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Trumpet, Vocal - Hot Lips Page
- Tenor Sax - Lucky Thompson, Lem Johnson
- Piano - Ace Harris
- Bass - John Simmons
- Drums - Sid Catlett
Listen to our audio excerpt of the vocal above, then compare it with Page's interpretation done during the alternate take CLIP to hear his phrasing artistry.
Pianist Ace Harris starts this recording with two boogie-woogie choruses. After the vocal, there are solos by bassist John Simmons and all three horn players before a final riff chorus. Lyric description: A classic blues lyric which shows Page's knack for characterful imagery. The blues is fast here—some sing of the slow blues but in this case the blues can outrun a rabbit.
The title lyric of this song, heard here in the second chorus, is a classic blues lyric that's appeared in many different settings.
January 27, 1908 – November 5, 1954
Oran “Hot Lips” Page is remembered as one of the most exciting soloists of the swing era. His trumpet and vocal styles were both strongly influenced by Louis Armstrong, but with plenty of his own personal flair. He is particularly associated with the Kansas City scene of the early to mid-1930s. Read more...