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BUNK JOHNSON <br> Last Testament of a Great New Orleans Jazzman <br> 1955 (Columbia Records - Out of Print)

Details: Columbia CL 829, mono, black and red six-eye label states "nonbreakable", recorded in 1947, this LP issued in 1955.

Condition: Vinyl VG+ (very clean, great luster, a few light scratches), Jacket VG- (no marks, front cover looks good, back cover has some light soiling, top seam mostly split, bottom seam and spine are beginning to split)

Note: The lengthy liner notes by George Avakian on back cover include much interesting (but questionable) history of Bunk's involvement with the birth of jazz, including his early associations with Buddy Bolden and The Eagle Band.

Out of Print and Not Available as CD.

From the All Music Guide:
Venerable New Orleans jazz legend Bunk Johnson teamed with a group of mostly swing era veterans in the mid- and late '40s for several controversial albums. Rather than cutting strictly traditional material, Johnson's band blended rags, spirituals, blues, swing and some traditional numbers. The music was largely successful, but the band didn't attract a wide enough audience to make it fiscally worthwhile. The 14 cuts on this CD reissue were done in 1947, the band's final year, and originally released on Columbia. Johnson, clarinetist Garvin Bushnell, trombonist Eddie Cuffee, guitarist Danny Barker, bassist Wellman Braud and drummer Alphonse Steele meshed and played with fire, precision and fervor.

The tracks are:
1. The Entertainer
2. Chloe
3. The Minstrel Man
4. You're Driving Me Crazy
5. Someday
6. Till We Meet Again
7. That Teasin' Rag
8. Out of Nowhere
9. Kinklets
10. Some of These Days
11. Hilarity Rag
12. Marie Elena

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