Hot jazz from Wild Bill

July 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm (BBC, jazz, Jim D, United States)

For anyone who missed Saturday’s Jazz Record Requests, here’s an example of jazz at its hottest, as requested by a discerning listener:

‘That’s A Plenty’ by Wild Bill Davison And His Commodores, NYC, Nov 27 1943. Wild Bill (cornet), Georg Brunis (trombone), Pee Wee Russell (clarinet), Gene Schroeder (piano), Eddie Condon (guitar), Bob Casey (bass), George Wettling (drums).

This is one of the couple of dozen sides recorded by Davison and/or Brunis between 1943 and ’46 on the Commodore label, described as “like a naked electric light bulb” by Philip Larkin in All What Jazz.

Below: Pee Wee (left), Wild Bill (centre) and Brunis (on our right of Bill) at Condon’s c. 1949 or ’50, with Max Kaminsky, Bud Freeman and Fred Ohms



  1. Matt said,

    I heard your request Jim. This week’s meeting of Manchester Jazz Society is a critical appraisal of the clarinettist on the track, Pee Wee Russell,

  2. Jim Denham said,

    Ah, Pee Wee: “even his feet look sad”.

  3. Last Friday mixtape for a few weeks « Bob's Beats said,

    […] Rose chooses songs to channel hotter weather. And Wild Bill Davidson is about as hot as it gets, […]

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