Saturday, January 30, 2016

Pee Wee Russell Quartet - Ask Me Now !

After a lifetime spent playing unusual and unpredictable clarinet solos in Dixieland settings, Russell late in life broke out of the stereotype and played in more modern settings. This Impulse LP (begging to be reissued on CD) has his clarinet placed in a pianoless quartet with valve trombonist Marshall Brown, playing tunes by John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Ornette Coleman, along with some classic ballads. It is a remarkable and very lyrical date that briefly rejuvenated the career of this veteran individualist.
Scott Yanow

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 Pee Wee Russell

Ask Me Now !


1 Turnaround (Coleman)  4:14
2 How About Me ? (Berlin)  4:16
3 Ask Me Now ! (Monk)  2:30
4 Some Other Blues (Coltrane)  3:16
5 I'd Climb the Highest Mountain (Brown, Clare)  3:26
6 Licorice Stick (Brown)  3:36
7 Prelude to a Kiss (Ellington, Gordon, Mills)  2:41
8 Baby, You Can Count on Me (Stewart)  5:01
9 Hackensack (Monk)  3:37
10 Angel Eyes (Brent, Dennis)  2:51
11 Calypso Walk (Brown)  2:34


Pee Wee Russell - cl
Marshall Brown - b tp & tb
Russell George - b
Ronnie Bedford - dr

Recorded in New York, New York ; April 9-10, 1963


wouter said...

nice post!
thank you very much, mel!

Scoredaddy said...

thank you VERY much

velobrewer said...

My favorite Pee Wee session. If I didn't have it already, I'd down it! Great post.

rm said...

merci beaucoup

deGallo said...

Thank you for Pee Wee Russell

brianbrora said...

Thanks very much - I love Pee Wee Russell.

Bill said...

Really beautiful. Thanks for this wonderful post.

Albertito Jazz said...

Thanks, Melanchthon. New and delightful surprises everyday!!

poppachubby said...

Superb thanks Mel. I missed this one before you closed - foolishly thinking I had time to spare. Never again!!!

FrankDell said...

What a gem.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Eric said...

I'll climb the Highest Mountain is one of the most beautiful performances ever.

Jim SATX said...

Wow, many thanks for posting such a lost treasure!

AmyBRAINS said...

Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

-Otto- said...

Thank you, mel!

Melanchthon said...

jm said...

Thank you so very much, as so often.