mp3: George Jenkins - Caravan
There's a film out called Whiplash, maybe you've heard of it, about a young jazz drummer. The song Caravan features prominently and has inspired me to post this version by real jazz drummer, George Jenkins. Before getting together his own group, Jenkins cut his teeth in Lionel Hampton's big band in the 1940s. Another of his claims to fame is being Dinah Washington's second husband, although that union didn't last long. This version of the Juan Tizol/Duke Ellington standard was recorded in 1955 and released by the West Coast jazz label, Tampa. It's dominated by Jenkin's drumming, but there's still plenty of space for the tenor sax of Plas Johnson
. The Plas Johnson Quartet also released a version of Caravan on Tampa. Intriguingly, it features 6 musicians, none of whom
are Plas Johnson.
Labels: instrumental, jazz