Among the quite wonderful songs which appear to have eluded the current (that is to say, younger) crop of jazzmen is Hoagy Carmichael’s “Rockin’ Chair”. Yet this song, written in 1930, has all the elements for a good jazzman to want to play and sing. “Rockin’ Chair” has a lazy rhythm but a strong one and it has lyrics that are wedded with shining fidelity to the music – Carmichael incidentally, wrote both music and lyrics. The lyrics, moreover, are as much fun to sing as they are to hear, and that is considerable. The melody, one assumes from hearing it, is fun to play as well.
Basin Street Blues
I Remember Harlem
Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
Baby What’s The Matter With You
Jumbo The Elephant