Bunk Johnson 1944-1945

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This CD, which does not duplicate any of the performances out on other American Music releases, has some of the selections that trumpeter Bunk Johnson and his sextet recorded during five sessions in August and May of 1944 and May of 1945. In general, Bunk, who could be quite erratic, was better than his group clarinetist George Lewis, trombonist Jim Robinson, banjoist Lawrence Marrero, bassist Alcide Pavageau and drummer Baby Dodds and one can understand his impatience with the players. Lewis is not always in-tune, and Dodds' colorful playing can be distracting. However, the band's joyful ensembles are quite appealing and this melodic music will be difficult for New Orleans...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This CD, which does not duplicate any of the performances out on other American Music releases, has some of the selections that trumpeter Bunk Johnson and his sextet recorded during five sessions in August and May of 1944 and May of 1945. In general, Bunk, who could be quite erratic, was better than his group clarinetist George Lewis, trombonist Jim Robinson, banjoist Lawrence Marrero, bassist Alcide Pavageau and drummer Baby Dodds and one can understand his impatience with the players. Lewis is not always in-tune, and Dodds' colorful playing can be distracting. However, the band's joyful ensembles are quite appealing and this melodic music will be difficult for New Orleans revival fans to resist. Among the hotter numbers which include two vocals by Ed "Noon" Johnson and one from Myrtle Jones are "Milneberg Joys," "Shine," "Lady Be Good," "The Sheik of Araby" and "Willie the Weeper."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/1994
  • Label: American Music Rec.
  • UPC: 762247101222
  • Catalog Number: 12
  • Sales rank: 266,108

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Milneberg Joys - Buck Johnson (3:20)
  2. 2 Snag It - Buck Johnson (3:01)
  3. 3 Old Grey Bonnet - Buck Johnson (2:48)
  4. 4 You Are My Sunshine - Buck Johnson (3:55)
  5. 5 Shine - Buck Johnson (3:02)
  6. 6 Noon's Blues - Buck Johnson (3:28)
  7. 7 The Cat's Got Kittens - Buck Johnson (2:56)
  8. 8 Ole Miss - Buck Johnson (3:58)
  9. 9 Oh, Lady Be Good - Buck Johnson (3:08)
  10. 10 Precious Lord - Buck Johnson (4:09)
  11. 11 Sister Kate - Buck Johnson (2:17)
  12. 12 Blues in C - Buck Johnson (5:05)
  13. 13 Alabama Bound - Buck Johnson (3:31)
  14. 14 The Sheik of Araby - Buck Johnson (3:36)
  15. 15 Ballin the Jack - Buck Johnson (4:14)
  16. 16 Willie the Weeper - Buck Johnson (3:22)
  17. 17 Long Blues - Buck Johnson (9:03)
  18. 18 Darktown Strutters' Ball - Buck Johnson (4:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bunk Johnson Primary Artist, Trumpet
George Lewis Clarinet
Jim Robinson Trombone
Sidney Brown Bass
Baby Dodds Drums
Laurence Marrero Banjo
Myrtle Jones Vocals
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Jimmie Davis Composer
King Oliver Composer
Marty Bloom Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Barry Martyn Producer
Charles Mitchell Composer
Harry Beasley Smith Composer
Ted Snyder Composer
George H. Buck Jr. Liner Notes
Walter Melrose Composer
Francis Wheeler Composer
Grant Rymal Composer
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