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11 November 2008

Goin' To Town

One of the first cd's I found with Chick Bullock on it was this collection of Luis Russell and His Orchestra. Several times I've bid on the original 78 rpm disc, but someone else always wants it more than me I guess. That's another way of saying I can't afford $50 for just one 78. Maybe some day. Anyway, here's the collection. Chick Bullock is the vocalist on cuts 16 and 17. I know this cd is now out of print because the only available copy I located was listed for $212 (used). Yikes! Good thing I bought it years ago, I think I paid 10 francs for a used copy in 1995.

"Luis Russell led one of the great early big bands, an orchestra that during 1929-1931 could hold its own with nearly all of its competitors. Unfortunately, his period in the spotlight was fairly brief and, ironically, Russell fell into obscurity just as the big band era really took hold. Russell studied guitar, violin, and piano in his native Panama. After winning 3,000 dollars in a lottery, he moved with his mother and sister to the United States where he began to make a living as a pianist in New Orleans. In 1925 Russell moved to Chicago to join Doc Cook's Orchestra and then became the pianist in King Oliver's band. He was with Oliver when the cornetist relocated to New York before leading his own band at the Nest Club in 1927. Russell had recorded seven songs at two sessions as a leader in 1926 with his Hot Six and Heebie Jeebie Stompers. By 1929 his ten-piece band (which included several former Oliver sidemen) boasted four major soloists in trumpeter Red Allen, trombonist J.C. Higginbotham, altoist Charlie Holmes, and clarinetist Albert Nicholas; the other trumpeter, Bill Coleman, ended up leaving because of the lack of solo space. In addition, Russell, a decent but not particularly distinctive pianist, was part of one of the top rhythm sections of the era along with guitarist Will Johnson, the powerful bassist Pops Foster, and drummer Paul Barbarin. During the next couple of years Luis Russell's band recorded a couple dozen sides that (thanks to the leader's arrangements) combined the solos and drive of New Orleans jazz with the riffs and ensembles of swing; some of these performances are now considered classics. The band also backed Louis Armstrong on a few of his early orchestra recordings. But after a few commercial sides in 1931, Luis Russell only had one more opportunity to record his band (a so-so session in 1934) before Louis Armstrong took it over altogether in 1935. For eight years, the nucleus of Russell's orchestra primarily functioned as background for the great trumpeter/vocalist, a role that robbed it of its personality and significance. From 1943-1948, Russell led a new band that played the Savoy and made a few obscure recordings for Apollo before quietly breaking up. He spent his last 15 years, before dying of cancer in 1963, largely outside of music, running at first a candy shop and then a toy store. Fortunately most of Russell's early recordings have been made available on CD by European labels." (Allmusic.com) Enjoy! +


1. Saratoga Shout
2. Song of the Swannee
3. Give Me Your Telephone Number
4. Higginbotham Blues
5. Louisiana Swing
6. Poor Li'l Me
7. On Revival Day
8. Muggin' Lightly
9. Panama
10. High Tension
11. I Got Rhythm
12. Saratoga Drag
13. Ease on Down
14. Honey, That Reminds Me
15. You Rascal, You
16. Goin' to Town
17. Say the Word
18. Freakish Blues
19. Darktown Strutters' Ball
20. My Blue Heaven


Doug Barker said...

Hey Chester
I'd love to see these two Luis Russell sets reuploaded.

Chester Proudfoot said...

Ready to enjoy again!