Bunk Johnson & Leadbelly at New York Town Hall 1947 (2LP)
Bunk Johnson & Leadbelly at New York Town Hall 1947 (2LP)
Bunk Johnson & Leadbelly at New York Town Hall 1947 (2LP)
Bunk Johnson & Leadbelly at New York Town Hall 1947 (2LP)

Bunk Johnson & Leadbelly at New York Town Hall 1947 (2LP)

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Bunk Johnson, trumpet

Huddie Ledbetter (Leadbelly), guitar, vocals (A2, D2-3)

Omer Simeon, clarinet

Edmond Hall, clarinet

Jimmy Archey, trombone

Ralph Sutton, piano

Danny Barker, guitar, banjo

Cyrus St. Clair, bass

Freddie Moore, drums, vocals (A3, C1-3)

Mama Price, vocals (D6)

 

2 LPs, old school tip-on style gatefold jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”

Stereo

Live

Record Press : 

Label :  ORG Music

Original Label : American Music

Recorded at New York Town Hall

Engineered by

Produced by 

Remastered by Dave Gardner at Infrasonic Mastering.

Released in 1993

Reissued in 2019

 

Tracks :

Side A:

            1. Introduction

            2. Good Morning Blues

            3. When the Saints Go Marching In

            4. Tiger Rag

            5. Panama

           

Side B:

            1. Ain’t Misbehavin’

            2. Ja-Da

            3. Reprise

            4. Muskrat Ramble

            5. Someday, Sweetheart

           

Side C:

            1. Sister Kate

            2. Baby Please Come Home

            3. Reprise

            4. Basin Street Blues

           

Side D:

            1. Royal Garden Blues

            2. Yellow Gal

            3. Bottle up and Go

            4. Jazz Me Blues

            5. After You’ve Gone

            6. Finale

 

Reviews :

"Released for the first time on this 1993 CD, this is an intriguing and quite erratic Town Hall concert that features a colorful cast of characters: trumpeter Bunk Johnson, both Omer Simeon and Edmond Hall on clarinets, trombonist Jimmy Archey, pianist Ralph Sutton, banjoist Danny Barker, Cyrus St. Clair on tuba and string bass, drummer Freddie Moore and (on three songs) the legendary folk singer/guitarist, Leadbelly. The wild card here is Bunk, who complains during the radio broadcast that he was tired and hungry. His playing ranges from moderately inspired to streaky, differing in quality from cut to cut. In some spots he takes full control and at other times his chops just are not up to the challenge. The recording balance, unfortunately, is not ideal with Freddie Moore's bass drum being too loud (and making the rhythm section sound inflexible). Cyrus St. Clair's tuba playing is overly wheezy but he is fine on bass. Ralph Sutton gets in a few good spots and Jimmy Archey is mostly on, but the two clarinetists are undermiked; it is odd to hear Edmond Hall in this type of setting. Leadbelly displays showmanship on "Good Morning Blues," "Yellow Gal" and "Bottle Up and Go." There are many odd moments, such as when the tempo of "Good Morning Blues" drastically slows down after Leadbelly's vocal (Bunk did not care for fast tempoes), some false endings and lots of missed cues. Even with its faults, this unusual concert does have its charm. But someone should have fed Bunk Johnson first!" AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Pressed to vinyl for the first time, this live, double LP, filled with a set of players from all over the jazz, folk, and blues genres, is a great listen for any collector.

Featuring arists like Omer Simeon, Jimmy Archey, Ralph Sutton, Freddie Moore, and many more, this Bunk Johnson and Leadbelly collaborative album is definitely one for the books. Mastered by Dave Gardner at Infrasonic Mastering.

Ratings :

AllMusic : 3 / 5  ,  Discogs 4.6 / 5

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