Slim Gaillard – The Voutest! (1982/2023)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 49:38 minutes | 743 MB | Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz
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Bulee “Slim” Gaillard (* January 4, 1916 in Detroit; † February 26, 1991 in London) was an American jazz singer, pianist and guitarist, especially known as part of the duo Slim & Slam.He was born the son of the German immigrant Theopolous Rothschild and the African-American Liza Gaillard and grew up in Detroit. His father worked as a steward on a cruise ship and sometimes took Gaillard with him (according to his stories, he even “forgot” him once in Crete). Gaillard played piano (in the boogie-woogie style), guitar and vibraphone. In Detroit, he worked – according to his own information – for a while as a mortician, tried himself as a boxer and during prohibition as an alcohol smuggler for the “Purple Gang”. Then he performed with a number in which he simultaneously tapped and played the guitar, with which he wanted to perform in New York City in the 1930s at the vaudeville.
from 1936 to 1942 he had great success there as part of the duo Slim and Slam with the bassist Slam Stewart. They had the hit Flat Foot Floogie (with a Floy Floy) in 1938, which was followed by others such as Laughin in Rhythm and Tutti Frutti (no identity with Little Richards Tutti Frutti, but composed by Doris Fisher), which the improvisation artist Gaillard often varied greatly during performances. With the humorously presented Dada-like nonsense lyrics, in which Gaillard likes to speak Spanish, Chinese or other gibberish and culinary topics play a major role, the duo enjoyed cult status at that time (as described in Jack Kerouac’s On the road from 1957). In 1941, they were hired for the Hollywood comedy Hellzapoppin’ (directed by Henry Codman Potter). Gaillard’s conscription for military service in the US Air Force during the war led to the end of the cooperation as Slim & Slam.
After his release in 1944, Gaillard went to Los Angeles, where he performed with the bassist Bam Brown in a similar formation as with Stewart in “Billy Berg’s Hollywood Boulevard Club” (Slim and Bam). in 1945 they had the hit Cement Mixer (Puti Puti)which reached #5 on the “Race Record” charts. In 1946, Gaillard’s longer play The Groove Juice special (Opera in Vout) had its premiere in Los Angeles (Gaillard called his nonsense language “Vout”). In 1945 he can be heard in a bebop session with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker (Slim’s Jam), among others. They played his hit Flat Foot Floogie as a typical bop number, which is interrupted by scat vocals, they also recorded Slim’s Jam, Dizzy Boogie and Popity Pop.
Gaillard also played with Miles Davis, Percy Heath and John Lewis. In Los Angeles, he recorded in a combo with Zutty Singleton, Dodo Marmarosa and Brown. Other hits were Down by the station from 1948 and Yep Roc’s Heresay from 1951. At the height of his popularity in the late 1940s/early 1950s, he was in demand as an opening number at Birdland, was on the road with Jazz at the Philharmonic in 1953 and also recorded for Verve. In the late 1950s he was on tour with Stan Kenton.
From the 1960s on, he had a wide variety of professions as a hatter, motel manager in San Diego, electrician and even as a fruit farmer in Tacoma. From the end of the 1960s, he appeared more often in television films. As an actor, he appeared in the second season of the television series Roots in 1979.
1-1. Slim Gaillard – Tee Say Malee (03:48)
1-2. Slim Gaillard – Gaillard Special (03:47)
1-3. Slim Gaillard – Dynamite (03:13)
1-4. Slim Gaillard – Yep Roc Heresy (03:05)
1-5. Slim Gaillard – Poppity Pop (04:10)
1-6. Slim Gaillard – Gaillard Special, No. 2 (04:32)
1-7. Slim Gaillard – Bow Tie Jim (01:53)
1-8. Slim Gaillard – Eastwood, Voutwood (04:33)
1-9. Slim Gaillard – Ya Ha Ha (02:38)
1-10. Slim Gaillard – Yep Roc Heresy (Version 2) (03:14)
1-11. Slim Gaillard – Dunkin’ Bagel (02:15)
1-12. Slim Gaillard – Laguna (02:37)
1-13. Slim Gaillard – Dynamite (Version 2) (03:08)
1-14. Slim Gaillard – Gaillard Special, No. 3 (03:20)
1-15. Slim Gaillard – Cement Mixer (03:20)