Bunk and the New Orleans Revival 1942-1947

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
A valuable core sample of Bunk Johnson's remarkable career as living relic and patriarch of the traditional jazz revitalization movement of the 1940s, Bunk and the New Orleans Revival 1942-1947 contains some two and a quarter hours of austere New Orleans polyphony. This two-for-the-price-of-one package includes authentic street parade jazz, a swell taste of how Johnson sounded filling in for Lu Watters with the Yerba Buena Jazz Band, and two powerful examples of Johnson's brief collaboration with Sidney Bechet. A trio session from 1946 offers a rare opportunity to appreciate Johnson without any other horns in the room, backed only by pianist Don Ewell and drummer Alphonse...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
A valuable core sample of Bunk Johnson's remarkable career as living relic and patriarch of the traditional jazz revitalization movement of the 1940s, Bunk and the New Orleans Revival 1942-1947 contains some two and a quarter hours of austere New Orleans polyphony. This two-for-the-price-of-one package includes authentic street parade jazz, a swell taste of how Johnson sounded filling in for Lu Watters with the Yerba Buena Jazz Band, and two powerful examples of Johnson's brief collaboration with Sidney Bechet. A trio session from 1946 offers a rare opportunity to appreciate Johnson without any other horns in the room, backed only by pianist Don Ewell and drummer Alphonse Steele. This trio's treatment of "In the Gloaming" is very likely among the best recordings old Johnson ever made. Four selections from Johnson's last recording session, made with no audience in attendance at Carnegie Hall in 1947, round out a satisfying tribute to this controversial man and his scruffy brand of traditional jazz. While Johnson may be an easy target for critics and disgruntled historians, the music he left behind stands its own ground, unencumbered by numerical rating systems or anybody's specialized opinions. It moves at will according to its own itinerary. The best way to listen is to suspend all preconceptions, opening one's heart to the simple unity of each ensemble. Then you get the feeling there is no need for highfalutin evaluations. While the rhythms of the 1942 recordings are described in the liner notes as "rather plodding" as compared with those 1945 sessions involving Baby Dodds, there is something weirdly satisfying about their deliberate "dance tempo" percolation. Johnson's recordings are about hanging loose and getting the feeling. See also Lester Bowie's moments of gutbucket ebullience with the Art Ensemble of Chicago. It's all about getting the feeling. This has got to be one of the widest-ranging Bunk Johnson retrospectives ever presented to the public in one package. Johnson is first heard in New Orleans in 1942, armed with his new horn and a special set of artificial teeth designed for him by Dr. Leonard Bechet, Sidney's brother. The 1944 Yerba Buena session took Johnson to San Francisco, while a "V-Disc Veterans" date including bassist Red Callender and Lester Young's brother Lee on drums was recorded in Los Angeles that same year. Johnson made more recordings in New Orleans during 1944-1945, and in New York throughout 1945, 1946, and 1947. In a way it is unfortunate that certain individuals persisted in focusing the limelight and the microphones so exclusively upon Johnson, thereby neglecting other gifted New Orleans musicians such as Kid Shots Madison, whose woefully few recordings are hardly remembered today. Shots appears on the Johnson's Brass Band session of May 18, 1945; three tracks from that date are included in this compilation. In another sense listeners are awfully lucky that William Russell took the time and made the effort to record this music on location in the city of New Orleans, where surprisingly few jazz recording sessions occurred before 1942. Anyone seeking an in-depth Bunk Johnson experience should consult the American Music label of New Orleans, from which all of Johnson's hometown sessions are available on compact disc. Shots Madison shows up marvelously on George Lewis with Kid Shots Madison AMCD-2. Congratulations to Jasmine Records of London for releasing this outstanding tribute to Bunk Johnson. He deserves to be heard.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2003
  • Label: Jasmine Music
  • UPC: 604988063523
  • Catalog Number: 635
  • Sales rank: 53,659

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bunk Johnson Primary Artist, Trumpet
George Lewis Clarinet
Danny Barker Guitar
Don Ewell Piano
Alton Purnell Piano
Jim Robinson Trombone
Wellman Braud Baritone Saxophone
Red Jones Drums
Baby Dodds Drums, Snare Drums
Isadore Barbarin Alto Horn
Sidney Bechet Clarinet
Garvin Bushell Clarinet
Red Callender Baritone Saxophone
Joe Clark Sousaphone
Ed Cuffee Trombone
Pops Foster Baritone Saxophone
Manzie Johnson Drums
Don Kirkpatrick Piano
Kid Shots Madison Trumpet
Laurence Marrero Banjo, Bass Drums
Floyd O'Brien Trombone
Frank Pasley Guitar
Alcide Pavageau Baritone Saxophone
Alphonse Steele Drums
Albert Warner Trombone
Wade Whaley Clarinet
Chester Zardis Baritone Saxophone
Austin Young Baritone Saxophone
Lee Young Drums
Sandy Williams Trombone
Ernest Rogers Drums
Walter Decou Piano
Adolphe Alexander Baritone Horn
Cliff Jackson & His Crazy Cats Piano
Abbie Williams Drums
Edgar Mosely Drums
Freddy Washington Piano
Technical Credits
Stephen Foster Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Bunk Johnson Composer, Contributor
Scott Joplin Composer
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
King Oliver Composer
Kid Ory Composer
Eddie Edwards Composer
Nick LaRocca Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Armand Piron Composer
Shelton Brooks Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Con Conrad Composer
Henry Creamer Composer
Martha E. Koenig Composer
Turner Layton Composer
George Mitchell Composer
Henry W. Ragas Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Tony Sbarbaro Composer
Larry Shields Composer
Harry Beasley Smith Composer
Ted Snyder Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Yerba Buena Jazz Band Contributor
Bunk Johnson & His New Orleans Jazz Band Contributor
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Sidney Clare Composer
Ford Dabney Composer
Doris Fisher Composer
Artie Matthews Composer
Francis Wheeler Composer
James Henry Burris Composer
Harry Da Costa Composer
James Dempsey Composer
Raymond B. Egan Composer
William Tyers Composer
Chris Smith Composer
Traditional Composer
Allan Roberts Composer
George Hulme Liner Notes, Annotation
Bunk Johnson's Street Paraders Contributor
Mick Graphic Design
Annie Fortescue Harrison Composer
Meta Orred Composer
James Scott Composer
Bunk's Brass Band Contributor
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