Earl Bostic & His Orchestra (Jimmy Shirley on Guitar) - Gotham 151 (1947)

Always liked this label.

Just read where Bostic wrote one of my favorite swing tunes, Let Me Off Uptown.

Roger Jones t / Rudy Powell as, cl / Earl Bostic as, v / Ted Barnett ts / George Parker p / Jimmy Shirley g / Vernon King b / Chick Cruickson d.

Recorded in New York, July 1947.

(Is that a sour note by Shirley at about 42 seconds in? My wife thinks it's just stylish...I think it was just left in.)

Jimmie Gunn & His Orchestra - Bluebird 6578 (1936)

Just acquired one more side by Jimmie Gunn & His Orchestra, a North Carolina territory band based out of Charlotte. (Here are 2 more) Got three more to find.

This side, like all six of their recordings, were recorded in the Southern Radio Corporation's 2nd floor warehouse in Charlotte on June 18, 1936.

As before, I am listing both personnel listings that I have run across.

Jimmie Gunn p, dir / 'Slats' tb / Skeets Tolbert as / Otis Hicks ts / g / Harry Prather b / d / David Pugh, Sam Jennings v.


Jimmie Gunn dir / Dave Pugh t, v / Charles Daniels, Herman Franklin t / John Orange tb / Robert Griffin, James Berry as / Otis Hicks ts / William Shavers p / Alton Harrington  g / Sam Hinton bb / Harry Prather sh / Raymond Mason d / Sam Jennings v.

Henry "Red" Allen & Orchestra - Victor 20-1813 (1946)

Henry 'Red' Allen t, v / J.C. Higginbotham tb / Don Stovall as / Bill Thompson p / Clarence "Benny" Moten b / Alvin Burroughs d.

Recorded in New York on January 14, 1946.

Body And Soul (2 Versions)

Here we have 2 versions of the classic Body And Soul.

The first is the definitive version...by Coleman Hawkins on a Reissued by Request RCA Victor. (Don't know who requested...but thank you.)

The second is a rendition that is virtually the same time length...give or take 2 seconds (which could possibly be my fade in or out editing). Not much info out there on tenor saxman Big Dale Scott nor the Derby release...couldn't even pinpoint a year.

Coleman Hawkins ts / Tommy Lindsay, Joe Guy t / Earl Hardy tb / Jackie Fields, Eustis Moore as / Gene Rodgers p / William Oscar Smith sb / Arthur Herbert d.

Recorded in New York on October 11, 1939.

Duke Ellington (Piano Solos) - Columbia 36312 (Originally 1936)

I missed Sir Duke's birthday by a few days. I was trying to find a 78 with one of his best known compositions but instead found one (a re-issue) that contained four...interpreted by Ellington...and Ellington alone.

Recorded in Hollywood on December 21, 1936 and originally released on Brunswick 7990 and Master 102.

Andy Kirk & His Clouds Of Joy - Decca 4381 (1942)

Andy Kirk dir / Johnny Burris, Harry Lawson t / Howard McGhee t / Ted Donnelly, Milton Robinson tb / John Harrington cl, as / Ben Smith as / Edward Inge cl, ts / Al Sears ts / Kenny Kersey p, a / Floyd Smith g, elg / Booker Collins sb / Ben Thigpen d.

Recorded in New York on July 14 & 29, 1942.