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  1. On one of the other days, Mike Stoller is credited on piano, so I texted his son Peter, who's a friend. It turns out Stoller produced the album, so Peter is going to run it down for me. On edit...and success! Peter has the album, there are photos from the session included. It's the right Charles Brown.
  2. Here's the personnel from one day -- the sessions were over several days, and varied slightly. T-Bone Walker (vcl,g) acc by Marvin Stamm, Danny Stiles (tp,flhrn) Joe Farrell, Frank Vicari (ts,fl) Seldon Powell (bar,ts,fl) John Tropea (el-sitar) David Nadien, Paul Gershman, Julius Brand, Emanuel "Manny" Green, Leo Kahn, Harry Glickman, Karen Jones, Fred Buldrini (vln) Theodore Israel, Harold Coletta (viola) George Ricci, Charles McCracken (cello) and Gerry Mulligan (bar) James Booker (p) Charles Brown (el-p) Wilton Felder (el-b) Paul Humphrey (d) Hollywood & New York, 1973 Stormy Monday Reprise 6483, (G)936247758-2 [CD]
  3. Charles Brown has all too common a name, and it can fuck up discographers. Tom Lord's jazz discographical data bass has Charles Brown who played congas on a Coltrane session, and Charles Brown who played tenor sax with the Detroit Jazz Composers orchestra, both cross-referenced to Charles "Drifting Blues" Brown, obviously mistakes. But then he has T-Bone Walker leading a group of jazz all-stars in 1973, with Charles Brown listed on organ, again cross-referenced. Another mistake? Lots of piano players also play organ occasionally, but I never heard of my Charles Brown doing it. And this is an all-star jazz band, not his normal company, although he did play with jazz musicians occasionally. On the other hand, he and Walker are both blues guys, and both veterans of the Central Avenue scene of the 1940s, so I guess it's possible, Two friends are on the session, including Warren Bernhardt on piano, and I could ask them, but they're both dead. Any ideas?
  4. No one has mentioned Little Willie Jackson, who consistently blew his ass off in Joe Liggins' band,
  5. My guess is that this is a mistake. Lord's discography is invaluable, but not perfect. I've caught two mistakes previously, which I've sent to him and he's fixed. One was identifying Little Willie Jackson, who played with Joe Liggins's band, as Willis Jackson -- only on one recording. The other was getting Alvin "Red" Tyler's name wrong -- again, just on one recording -- listing him as Red Taylor. I will write him about this. And, before posting this, I went and checked the site again. I had written him, just yesterday, to question the James Jackson - Sun Ra listing, and checking just now, it has already been fixed. The guy is good.
  6. James Jackson played tenor sax on Joe Liggins's "The Honeydripper" and stayed in Liggins' band into the 1950s. Then, according to Tom Lord's discography, he shows up again in 1966 as part of Sun Ra's Arkestra, and stays with Sun Ra for quite a while. Is this really the same James Jackson? It's a pretty common name -- and in fact, Lord does list several other James Jacksons. It certainly could be the same guy, but I want to make sure.
  7. I found it The indie labels followed Decca, which at the time was one of the Big Three majors. Capitol was to become a major, but at that time was newly formed. https://downbeat.com/news/detail/the-petrillo-ban-of-194244-past-future-at-war?fbclid=IwAR38DqwvZgr1fW6Q00zektvxzmJVJvO0NKZwj8kfRwKAPukqgr0daaDaCEQ
  8. How were independent labels affected by the Petrillo strike of 1942-44? I know most of them started up after that, but there were a few -- Blue Note was already around, Savoy and Exclusive/Excelsior started in 1942. Did they make a separate peace with the union earlier than the big labels?
  9. So much misinformation. Wikipedia and a bunch of other sources (probably all lifting from Wiki) have him born in NYC. Discogs and the liner notes to his first album have him born in Jamaica (liner notes unspecified location, Discogs says Montego Bay). Some discographies have Arriba! recorded at Van Gelder Studio, but this is likely wrong. Joe was produced by Lew Futterman, who tended to stay out of Bob Weinstock's orbit. Others make it Regent Studios, NYC.
  10. Does anyone know where the Club Allegro was? Was it a club Jackson regularly played at?
  11. I'm amazed at how little information about Abdul-Malik there is online. Why did he stop recording?
  12. "Gravy Waltz" was written by Ray Brown and Steve Allen, and became an instant standard, thanks to Allen playing it on his tv show. 17 different versions were recorded in 1963 alone. But secondhandsongs also lists "Gravy Waltz" by Ray Brown, written in 1961. So what was Steve Allen's contribution?
  13. https://opusforty.blogspot.com/2021/12/listening-to-prestige-600-gildo-mahones.html
  14. There weren't very many 1600s, and most of them were reissues of the 7000 and 8000 series - I'm trying to understand why there was a 16000 series at all.
  15. Thanks for the link. I couldn't find it on Spotify. Their search engine leaves a lot to be desired.
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