The late Brian Rust described this as one of the most exciting recordings made in Britain between the wars. In the early 1930s, Billy Cotton's Band put out some very hot music indeed, especially when they were recording for Columbia, and this is an excellent example. The band included Nat Gonella and Sid Buckman on trumpets, Joe Ferrie on trombone (before all three were poached by Roy Fox later that year), Syd Lipton on violin and Joe Gibson on string bass, right up front.
Here’s another selection of titles from my To Be Read shelf. The thing that these ones have in common is that they are the 13 longest books I own but have not yet read. All of these are over 600 pages long – some are considerably longer than that. Maybe it is the sheer size of these books that has put me off reading them. Anyway, friendly TTers, can you tell me anything about any of these? Any that you recommend? Any that you would like to warn me not to bother reading? All opinions and comments will be most welcome.
One of my most prized books is a single-volume edition of the Oxford Universal Dictionary. Longer, of course, than the Shorter Oxford but nowhere as long as the 12-volume Complete Oxford, its 2515 pages nevertheless contain tens of thousands of words that do not reside in a 21st Century Anglophone’s daily vocabulary. I always enjoy opening it at random and seeing how many words completely unknown to me I can find. Sometimes I even commit a few to memory and try to use them – after all, a word is still a word, even if it has fallen into disuse. And so, ignoring the countless botanical, chemical and biological terms in the book, I have found easily enough for many Thursday Thirteens. Here’s one:
13 Obscure, Obsolete or Otherwise Unusual Words
Exust – To burn up.
Cervelat – A short reed instrument
Cunctator – Someone who is tardy or delays matters
Porrect – Stretched out forward
Looby – A lout, clown
Purfle – The embroidered edge of a garment
Fard – White paint used as face make-up
Patefy – To disclose, make open
Roband – Nautical term for a small piece of rope
Shoat – A young pig
Neaf – A fist
Recado – A gift or compliment
Izzard – The letter Z. This has become shortened to Zed in the English speaking world, except in the USA, where for some reason I have never been able to ascertain, it is known as Zee.
Arthur Rosebery & his Band were contracted to the Parlophone record company in 1929, but like a lot of other bands they recoded for different labels under pseudonyms. This recording of “Low Down Rhythm” for the British Homophone Company issued on their Sterno label, was credited to The Florida Club Band. I don’t know if there actually was a Florida Club in London at that time, but if there was, Rosebery’s band did not play there.
This is a nice bluesy treatment of a now-forgotten song that was adaptable to the jazz idiom. The piano solo is a touch too long, but I do like the way the whole band resumes playing once it’s over. .