When you get up in the morning, you must have a song - Ray Charles

Friday, July 23, 2010

Pee Wee Russell - Everest recordings

I was gonna do a clarinet week, this was to be the first offering. I plan to do lots of things. Sometimes things don't work out as planned. You should still give an ear to this lp. An Everest recording, there is little info to be gleaned from the sleeve.

I remember a time when I would have viewed this music as "simple". I could not have been farther off base and I am so glad I came to appreciate the long history of jazz.

Pee Wee Russell

1. Out of Nowhere
2. Pee Wee Blues
3. I Used To Love You
4. Oh! No!
5. That Old Feeling
6. I've Got The World On A String
7. Exactly Like You
8. It All Depends On You
9. If I Had You

Pee Wee Russell - clarinet
Ruby Braff - trumpet

Bud Freeman - tenor sax

Vic Dickenson - trombone
Karl Kiffe - drums

Charles Potter - bass

Nat Pierce - piano and arrangements

FS-233 stereo


Baron said...

Thank you HGs ... this lp fills in a gap for me regarding PWee ... Baron VB

flat5 said...

Thanks, I had this record when I was a kid.

Found some info.

Issued originally on Counterpoint and reissued many times since by budget labels like Everest, this CD version has superior sound. From 1958, this set matches the great clarinetist Pee Wee Pussell with an all-star horn section (trumpeter Ruby Braff, trombonist Vic Dickenson and tenor-saxophonist Bud Freeman) on a program of swing standards along with "Pee Wee Blues." Russell, a bit weary of playing Dixieland by this time, was starting to look toward more modern eras of music, although in reality his own playing was always beyond categorization. ~ Scott Yanow

Recorded at Beltone Recording Studios, New York on February 18-19, 1958.
Originally released on Counterpoint (CPST-562).
Includes liner notes by Charles Edward Smith.

Compilation producer: Steve Hoffman.

Down Beat (p.61) - 3.5 stars out of 5 --
"The almost ethereal sound of his clarinet -- woody, tart and lyrical -- is a revelation."

FS-233 stereo

rubberduck said...

Really great, and a beautiful album