King of the Tailgate Trombone
Tin Roof Blues
Living Era CD AJA 5429
- Tin Roof Blues – New Orleans Rhythm Kings
- Clarinet Marmalade – Ted Lewis Band
- Aunt Hagar’s Blues
- Jazz Me Blues – NORK
- Sensation Rag
- Worry Blues – Louis Prima
- I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate – Muggsy Spanier Band
- Dippermouth Blues
- Relaxin’ at the Touro
- Black and Blue
- That’s A Plenty – Wild Bill Davidson Band
- Muskat Ramble
- Ugly Chile – Georg Brunis Band
- Royal Garden Blues
- That Da Da Strain
- Tin Roof Blues
- Original Dixieland One-Step
- Wang Wang Blues
- Sweet Lovin’ Gal
- I Used to Love You, but It’s All Over Now
- I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
- In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree
- DDT Blues
Unfortunately the name Georg Brunis will be unknown
to anyone who is not already a collector of records from the Dixieland
era. This is a pity because he is the classic example of how to play
the trombone in this genre. The secret is in the ensembles, where the
instrument is used both rhythmically and harmonically to produce the
classic sound. George learned his craft in New Orleans and in the bands
of his early days, it was the ensembles that were of prime importance.
The solos became more important in the Dixieland era that followed.
George was also a good soloist, although he had no formal musical education
and by all accounts could not read he had something much more important
to the jazz musician. ‘Good ears’. He knew instinctively the right notes
to play. He could also sing and was therefore in great demand.
The programme is classic Dixieland from start to finish.
It includes 5 tracks from the Muggsy Spanier Ragtimers Bluebird sessions
of 1939. Jazz musicians universally admire these, although the band
was short lived it produced music of the highest quality. Georg is also
featured with other stars of the era. Trumpet/Cornet players, Wild Bill
Davidson, Wingy Manone and Max Kaminsky. Clarinettists, Tony Parenti,
Edmond Hall Pee Wee Russell and Rod Cless to name but a few.
If you enjoy listening to Dixieland jazz from time
to time and I do, this album is highly recommended and with a total
playing time of 76.08 minutes it represents good value.