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Ruff Scufflin'

George E. Lee & His Orchestra


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Recorded in Kansas City, Missouri on November 6th 1929 featuring Harold Knox and Sam Utterbach trumpets, Thurston Maupins and Jimmy Jones trombones, Herman Walder clarinet & alto sax, Clarence Taylor soprano & alto sax, George E Lee tenor sax & director, Bud Johnson tenor sax, Jesse Stone piano & arranger, Julia Lee accordion, Charles Russo banjo, Clint Weaver tuba, Pete Woods drums.

*"Ruff Scufflin'" was composed by Jesse Stone.

This is from Budd Johnson's first recording session when he was 19 years old. He takes two two-bar breaks toward the end of the record. Budd was a major component of Louis Armstrong's 1933 Chicago band, Earl Hines' band all through the mid 30's to the mid 40's and Billy Eckstine's "Cradle of Bebop" band. He was a fine arranger as well as a distinctive alto and tenor sax soloist. He also played a major role in both Ben Webster and Lester Young's development into tenor sax immortals. -Daniel Weinstein

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