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Dual Trumpeter

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Album Review

The title refers to Frank Motley's gimmick of playing two trumpets at once, although that trick is rarely heard on Dual Trumpeter, a 14-track collection of Motley's early Gotham label recordings from 1951. The music is mostly jump blues with call-and-response vocals and a few instrumentals. The vocals are handled by a large cast, including Motley himself ("Bow Wow Wow"), Jimmy Harris ("That's All Right"), James Crawford ("Early in the Morning"), Lloyd Smith ("Fat Man"), and T.N.T. Tribble. The crazy "Fat Man Scat" features Smith scatting and then spouting nonsense vocals. "Hurricane Lover" and "Movin' Man" are double-entendre songs, the latter of which uses some unpleasant trashcan imagery. Only five of the cuts were commercially released; the rest are either previously unreleased titles or alternate takes. These recordings are more primitive and less exciting than Motley's later ones for DC, but his nascent style is recognizable at this early stage and the music is nonetheless enjoyable and interesting.

Biography

Born: 30 December 1923 in Cheraw, SC

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

b. 30 December 1923, Cheraw, South Carolina, USA. Motley learned the rudiments of trumpet playing from Dizzy Gillespie and soon developed a novelty technique of playing two trumpets simultaneously, thereafter being known by the nicknames of ‘Dual Trumpet’ and ‘Two Horn’ Motley. After navy service, Frank studied music at Chicago and Washington, DC, and formed his own band in 1949. The Motley Crewe included drummer Thomas E. ‘TNT’ Tribble and recorded for Lilian Claiborne who placed masters with Gotham,...
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