Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Pee Wee Russell Plays with Buck Clayton, Vic Dickenson & Bud Freeman

This edition presents, for the first time ever on CD, two of the best albums made by Pee Wee Russell in the late 50s. “Pee Wee Russell Plays” (1959), featuring the leader (who is also the composer of all the tunes) along with stars like Buck Clayton, Vic Dickenson and Bud Freeman. As a bonus, the complete album “Portrait of Pee Wee” (1958), selected as one of 100 best jazz albums of all time, and also featuring Vic Dickenson and Bud Freeman, plus the great trumpeter Ruby Braff.

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Pee Wee Russell
Buck Clayton
Vic Dickenson & Bud Freeman
(2 Lp On 1 Cd)


1 Pee Wee’s Blues (
Russell, Pierce)  3:36
2 What’s The Pitch ? (
Russell)  3:22 
3 Dreamin’ And Schemin’ (Russell)  3:28
 4 Cutie Pie (Russell)  2:33 
5 Oh No ! (Russell, Cary)  2:24
 6 Pee Wee’s Song (Russell)  4:16
 7 Oh Yes ! (Russell)  3:05
 8 Missy (Russell)  3:42
 9 Are You There (Russell)  2:27 
10 Write Me A Love Song Baby (Russell)  2:08 
11 This Is It (Russell)  3:03 
12 But Why ? (Russell)  3:16 
13 That Old Feeling (Brown, Fain)  4:17
14 I’ve Got The World On A String (Pierce, Young)  4:27
15 Exactly Like You (Burke, Fields, McHugh)  3:04
16 It All Depends On You (Brown, Clapton, DeSylva, Henderson)  4:01
17 If I Had You (Campbell, Connely)  3:22
18 Out Of Nowhere (Green, Heyman)  4:51
19 Pee Wee’s Blues (Piece, Russell)  4:22
20 I Used To Love You (Brown, Curtis, Tilzer)  5:04
21 Oh No ! (Lowery, Pierce, Russell)  4:51


[# 1-12] originally issued as "Pee Wee Plays" (Dot DLP 3253)
Pee Wee Russell - cl
Buck Clayton - tp
Vic Dickenson - tb
Bud Freeman - ts
Dick Cary - p
Eddie Condon - g
Bill Takas - b
George Wettling - dr
Recorded in New York City ; February 23-24, 1959
[# 13-21] "Portrait of Pee Wee" (Counterpoint CPST 562)
Pee Wee Russell -cl
Ruby Braff - tp
Vic Dickenson - tb
Bud Freeman - ts
Nat Pierce - p
Charles Potter - b
Karl Kiffe - dr
Recorded in New York City ; February 18-19, 1958

"Reissued many times by budget labels like Everest, this 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." 

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deGallo said...

Thank you Mel. Great post.

velobrewer said...

Duke Ellington used the phrase... "beyond Category". I think that applies to Pee Wee. Thanks for the post.

Eric said...

Thank you for all the Pee Wee. I'm glad that you have been exploring some of the earlier masters.

blissedout said...

Oui, oui!
Pee Wee!


il angelo said...

Great Perennial Music indeed. Thanks.

Baron said...

Thanks Mel ... the Dot recording has long been on my wish list ... Baron

Terry said...

Many thanks for Pee Wee, Vic, Bud & Buck.

Scoredaddy said...

BIG thanks Mel

zero said...

Ah, nice. At last a chance to hear Pee Wee Plays. Thanks for the fine post.

grumpy said...

Very nice, thank you Mel.

rm said...

merci beaucoup

oldnick said...

Nice post. Thank you Mel.

Bill said...

Beautiful, thanks Mel.

feelingofjaz said...

Thank you Mel.

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks-
In 1964 I saw Eddie Condon with
Buck,Pee Wee,Bud,Vic,Dick,Jack Lesberg,Cliff Leeman & the great Jimmy Rushing.
Brings back nice memories.

Bill said...

Great on a friday night! Thanks!

Otis Foster said...

Nice change of pace for us hard-bop freaks.

Thnx Melanchthon

Tibau said...

Great. Great.

adakun said...

Deliciosa música, gracias Mel.

Jorge del Parque said...

Maravilloso álbum. Muchas gracias.

cvllos said...

Someone mentioned Pee Wee as the Chaplin of Jazz,
Thank you, Melanchthon.

FrankDell said...

thanks. mel.

very very said...

great pee wee

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel.
I listened to the other Russell you recently put up last night, and really dug it. Looking forward to this.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

-Otto- said...

Glad this Pee Wee is still up. Thank you!

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

Melanchthon said...

DEEP said...

Now this is what we're talkin' 'bout.
Charles Ellsworth Russell.

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a lot Mel !

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Great!! Thank you very much Mel!

sotise said...

magnificent!!... many thanks.

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you Mel!