Pee Wee's Song: The Music of Pee Wee Russell

Pee Wee's Song: The Music of Pee Wee Russell

by Bobby GordonBobby Gordon


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This is a logical tribute since clarinetist Bobby Gordon's main influence is Pee Wee Russell. Although Gordon's solos are not as eccentric or death-defying as Russell's, his tone is similar and there are times when he sounds eerily close to his idol. Joined by trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso, trombonist Dan Barrett, tenor saxophonist Rick Fay, pianist Johnny Varro, rhythm guitarist Marty Grosz, bassist Bob Haggart, and drummer Gene Estes, Gordon explores a dozen songs composed by Russell. In addition, Gordon performs "Charles Ellsworth Stomp" (which he co-wrote) and one of Russell's favorite songs, "I'd Climb the Hightest Mountain." Since some of these numbers were co-written by Dick Cary and recorded by Russell in modern swing settings during the late '50s (rather than Dixieland dates with Eddie Condon), the music on this CD is often tightly arranged while leaving some room for spontaneous jamming. Pee Wee Russell himself would have enjoyed the results.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/1997
Label: Arbors Records
UPC: 0780941113020
catalogNumber: 19130
Rank: 191346


  1. Oh No!
  2. I Got 'Em Again
  3. But Why
  4. What's the Pitch
  5. Midnight Blue
  6. Twenty Eighth and Eighth
  7. Muskogee Blues
  8. Are You Here?
  9. Pee Wee's Song
  10. Cutie Pie
  11. Pee Wee's Blues
  12. Charles Ellsworth Stomp
  13. Missy
  14. I'd Climb the Highest Mountain

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby Gordon   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Vocals
Dan Barrett   Trombone
Marty Grosz   Guitar
Bob Haggart   Bass
Rick Fay   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Gene Estes   Drums
Jon-Erik Kellso   Trumpet
Johnny Varro   Piano

Technical Credits

Dan Barrett   Arranger
Marty Grosz   Arranger
Rick Fay   Arranger
Jon-Erik Kellso   Arranger
Johnny Varro   Arranger
Bobby Gordon   Arranger
Mat Domber   Producer,Executive Producer
Rachel Domber   Producer,Executive Producer
Bryan Lee Shaw   Engineer
Bryan Shaw   Engineer

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