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Bunk Johnson

Due to the difference of opinion between his followers (who claimed he was a brilliant stylist) and his detractors (who felt that his playing was worthless), Bunk Johnson was a controversial figure in the mid-'40s, when he made a most unlikely comeback. The truth is somewhere in between.

Bunk Johnson, who tended to exaggerate, claimed that he was born in 1879 and that he played with Buddy Bolden in New Orleans, but it was discovered that he was actually a decade younger. He did have a pretty tone and, although not an influence on Louis Armstrong (as he often stated), he was a major player in New Orleans starting around 1910 when he joined the Eagle Band. Johnson was active in the South until the early '30s, but did not record during that era. Discovered in the latter part of the decade by Bill Russell and Fred Ramsey, he was profiled in the 1939 book Jazzmen. A collection was taken up to get Johnson new teeth and a horn. In 1942, he privately recorded in New Orleans, and the next year he was in San Francisco playing with the wartime edition of the Yerba Buena Jazz Band. An alcoholic, Johnson's playing tended to be erratic, and when Sidney Bechet recruited him for a band in 1945, he essentially drank himself out of the group. In 1946, Bunk Johnson led a group that included the nucleus of the ensemble George Lewis would make famous a few years later, but Johnson disliked the playing of the primitive New Orleans musicians. He was more comfortable the following year heading a unit filled with skilled swing players, and his final album (Columbia's The Last Testament of a Great Jazzman) was one of his best recordings. In 1948, the trumpeter (who was only 59 but seemed much older) returned to Louisiana and retired. Many of Bunk Johnson's better recordings have been reissued on CD by Good Time Jazz and American Music. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Black Legends Of Jazz

Disc 1

1. Somewhere Along The Way

2. Mahogany Hall Stomp

3. Solitude

4. Jumpin' At The Woodside

5. When The Sun Sets Down South

6. Night Hop

7. Blues In The Dark

8. Sweet Lorraine

9. Melancholy

10. After You've Gone

11. Mood Indigo

12. Lullaby Of Birdland

13. Midnight Sun

14. Body And Soul

15. Down South Camp Meetin'

16. Cavernism

17. Good Morning Heartache

18. Flying Home

19. Tishomingo Blues

20. Snowy Morning Blues

Disc 2

1. Yancey Special

2. Coquette

3. Something To Live For

4. Sepian Bounce

5. King Porter Stomp

6. Bump It

7. Sugar Foot Stomp

8. For Dancers Only

9. I Won't Be There Long

10. Chant Of The Weed

11. Good Morning Blues

12. Passionette

13. Blue Serge

14. Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away)

15. Rebecca

16. Blow Top Blues

17. Clap Hands! Here Comes Charlie

18. Keep It (In The Groove)

19. One O'clock Jump

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Track List: The Commodore Story

Disc 1

1. Love Is Just Around The Corner

2. Strange Fruit

3. A Good Man Is Hard To Find

4. (You're Some) Pretty Doll

5. (Back Home In) Indiana

6. At A Georgia Camp Meeting

7. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans

8. Dedication

9. Sugar (That Sugar Baby O' Mine)

10. Billie's Blues

11. My Ideal

12. Memories Of You

13. Night And Day

14. Body And Soul

15. Smack

16. The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise

17. Mamie's Blues

18. Franklin Street Blues

19. Willie The Weeper

20. Lazy Daddy

Disc 2

1. That's A Plenty

2. New Orleans

3. Memphis Blues

4. The Sheik Of Araby

5. You Need Coachin'

6. Diane

7. Tin Roof Blues

8. Peg O' My Heart

9. Keeping Out Of Mischief Now

10. The Man I Love

11. The Blue Room

12. Sunny Side Of The Street

13. A Selection From The Gutter

14. Summertime

15. Ec-Stacy

16. Begin The Beguine

17. Jammin' The Boogie

18. Lazy River

19. Finger Buster

20. Squeeze Me

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I haven't heard the Tishomingo Blues in ages. GREAT!










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