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Georg Brunis
King of the Tailgate Trombone

Tin Roof Blues

ASV Mono Living Era CD AJA 5429



  1. Tin Roof Blues – New Orleans Rhythm Kings
  2. Clarinet Marmalade – Ted Lewis Band
  3. Aunt Hagar’s Blues
  4. Jazz Me Blues – NORK
  5. Sensation Rag
  6. Worry Blues – Louis Prima
  7. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate – Muggsy Spanier Band
  8. Dippermouth Blues
  9. Relaxin’ at the Touro
  10. Dinah
  11. Black and Blue
  12. That’s A Plenty – Wild Bill Davidson Band
  13. Panama
  14. Muskat Ramble
  15. Ugly Chile – Georg Brunis Band
  16. Royal Garden Blues
  17. That Da Da Strain
  18. Tin Roof Blues
  19. Original Dixieland One-Step
  20. Wang Wang Blues
  21. Sweet Lovin’ Gal
  22. I Used to Love You, but It’s All Over Now
  23. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
  24. In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree
  25. DDT Blues

Unfortunately the name Georg Brunis will be unknown to anyone who is not already a collector of records from the Dixieland era. This is a pity because he is the classic example of how to play the trombone in this genre. The secret is in the ensembles, where the instrument is used both rhythmically and harmonically to produce the classic sound. George learned his craft in New Orleans and in the bands of his early days, it was the ensembles that were of prime importance. The solos became more important in the Dixieland era that followed. George was also a good soloist, although he had no formal musical education and by all accounts could not read he had something much more important to the jazz musician. ‘Good ears’. He knew instinctively the right notes to play. He could also sing and was therefore in great demand.

The programme is classic Dixieland from start to finish. It includes 5 tracks from the Muggsy Spanier Ragtimers Bluebird sessions of 1939. Jazz musicians universally admire these, although the band was short lived it produced music of the highest quality. Georg is also featured with other stars of the era. Trumpet/Cornet players, Wild Bill Davidson, Wingy Manone and Max Kaminsky. Clarinettists, Tony Parenti, Edmond Hall Pee Wee Russell and Rod Cless to name but a few.

If you enjoy listening to Dixieland jazz from time to time and I do, this album is highly recommended and with a total playing time of 76.08 minutes it represents good value.


Don Mather  

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