Spirits of Rhythm
Spirits of Rhythm were an American jazz string band.
The ensemble's members had previously played under several other names (The Sepia Nephews, Ben Bernie's Nephews, The Five Cousins), and upon adding Teddy Bunn as guitarist in 1932, the group began calling itself Spirits of Rhythm. They occasionally recorded, and performed frequently on 52nd Street in New York City as well as in Hollywood in the 1930s and early 1940s.
The group featured vocalists accompanied by string instruments, sometimes with other accompaniment such as homemade percussion instruments and harmonica. In addition to the ordinary varieties of string instruments, the Spirits of Rhythm also featured a tiple, an instrument similar to the ukulele but with multiple strings on each course. The group's vocalists often sang in nonsense syllables or in scat, employing the singer's voice more like an instrument rather than as a vehicle for lyrics.
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1934
Roles Represented in DAHR: Musical group
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||38633||10-in.||9/11/1934||'Way down yonder in New Orleans||Red McKenzie||Musical group|
|Decca||38634||10-in.||9/11/1934||I've got the world on a string||Red McKenzie||Musical group|
|Decca||38635||10-in.||9/11/1934||From Monday on||Red McKenzie||Musical group|
|Decca||38636||10-in.||9/11/1934||As long as I live||Red McKenzie||Musical group|
|Decca||38662||10-in.||9/14/1934||Junk man||Spirits of Rhythm||Musical group|
|Decca||38663||10-in.||9/14/1934||Dr. Watson and Mr. Holmes||Spirits of Rhythm||Musical group|
|Decca||38664||10-in.||9/14/1934||That's what I hate about love||Spirits of Rhythm||Musical group|
|Decca||38665||10-in.||9/14/1934||Shoutin' in that amen corner||Spirits of Rhythm||Musical group|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Spirits of Rhythm," accessed February 28, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/344901.
Spirits of Rhythm. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 28, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/344901.
"Spirits of Rhythm." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 February 2021.
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