0023 – Idaho
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This tune was written by the great Jesse Stone, whose career began in the 1920’s, and continued through the swing era and the birth of the R&B jump style. But he found his biggest success when early rock-and-rollers like Bill Haley started covering R&B songs like “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” Stone was in his mid-50’s when Haley waxed that one, and the list of songs he wrote or co-wrote that became rock hits is fairly long. “Idaho” was a pretty big hit in its day, too, with both Benny Goodman and Guy Lombardo getting big sales from it during the war years.
The first version I remember hearing was on a great Bud Powell record called “Bud in Paris,” on which the pianist played it with tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin. Bud had recorded it with a quintet for Blue Note as well, but I didn’t hear that until later. In fact it has been covered only sporadically by modern jazz musicians, which is strange because it is an excellent vehicle. I had fun doing this one in a trio I played in with Tony Marcus and Bob Wilson in the 1990’s, and we even worked out a vocal trio, of which no recording is known to exist, fortunately. I’m not sure if Tony has ever forgiven me, to be honest.