Red Callender (b, vcl), John Anderson (tp), Marshall Royal, Jewel Grant (as), Bumps Myers (as, ts), Maxwell Davis, Maurice Simon, Minters Galloway (ts), Floyd Turnham, Clyde Dunn, Floyd Turnham, Jewell Grant (bs), Eddie Beal (p), Chuck Norris (g), Chico Hamilton, Lee Young (d), Art Calderone, Ignacio Lopez (perc), Mauri Lynn, Linda Hayes (vcl)
Reference: FSRCD 907
Bar code: 8427328609074
George Sylvester “Red” Callender was born in Haynesville, Virginia, on March 6, 1916. His family moved to New York, where he immersed himself in the local scene, particularly in Harlem. Moving to Los Angeles in 1936 he found work, if not much renown, along Central Avenue, the city’s jazz focal point. That changed when he got the chance to play and record with Louis Armstrong. His jazz profile increased to the point that in 1944 Norman Granz called to ask him to be ‘house bassist’ for the “Jazz at the Philharmonic” concerts.
Recognised as being among the city’s top bassists and arrangers of the 1940s and 50s, he played and recorded as a sideman with such greats as Lester Young, Nat King Cole, Erroll Garner, Charlie Parker, Benny Carter and Art Tatum. Outside the jazz scene, Red was also one of the leaders in the early Rhythm and Blues years, recording for almost all LA’s independent labels. Finally, he signed for the blues and R&B department of RCA Victor. During 1951 and 1952 he recorded sixteen tunes as leader of both a sextette and fourtette groups of great musicians. All these fine, long forgotten recordings, restored from the master tapes, appear here for the first time on CD, including six previously unreleased tracks that will fill a gap in Red Callender’s long and successful career.
01. Don’t Lend Me No Money (Unknown) 2:44 *
02. Fooled Again (Unknown) 2:24 *
03. Perdido (Tizol-Lenk-Drake) 2:46
04. Chico’s Boogie (Callender) 2:47
05. Midnight With Sampson (Callender) 2:18
06. Number Three (Callender) 2:38
07. Cravin' Company (Bruce) 2:47
08. Pastel (Callender) 2:48
09. Hollywood Drive (Callender) 2:45
10. Early Times (Ware-Callender) 2:38
11. Lonesome Rebecca (Callender-Echols-Greene) 2:36
12. Mississippi Blues (Callender) 2:40 *
13. Empty Ice Box Blues (Callender) 2:11 *
14. Blues For J.T. (Callender) 2:24
15. Loose Pork Chops (Callender) 2:09 *
16. Blow Mr. Norris (Callender) 2:00 *
17. Basin Street Blues (Williams) 2:40
18. Glow Worm (Lincke-Robinson-Mercer) 2:41
19. C Jam Blues (Ellington) 2:18
20. The One I Love Belongs to Someone Else (Berlin) 2:39
21. Dolphin Street Boogie (Callender) 2:32
22. Poinciana (Simon-Bernier) 2:41
23. Till I Waltz Again With You (Prosen) 2:39
24. September in the Rain (Warren-Dubin) 2:37
25. All of Me (Mark) 2:50
26. You’re Part of Me (Jacques) 2:18
27. Yes, I Know (Jacquet) 2:48
28. Atomic Baby (Heywood-Tucker) 2:23
29. No Next Time (Williams) 2:14
30. Don’t Do Nothin’ Baby (Ram-Hayes) 2:30
(*) Previously unissued
Sources (*78 rpm, **45 rpm):
Tracks #1,2,12,13,15 & 16: RCA Victor previously unissued
Tracks #3 & 4, RCA Victor 20-4266* (47-4266)**
Tracks #5 & 8, RCA Victor 20-4368* (47-4368)**
Tracks #6 & 7, RCA Victor 20-4525* (47-4525)**
Tracks #9 & 10, RCA Victor 20-5172* (47-5172)**
Tracks #11 & 14, RCA Victor 20-4908* (47-4908)**
Tracks #17 & 18, Recorded in Hollywood 139*
Tracks #19 & 20, Recorded in Hollywood 140*
Tracks #21 & 22, Recorded in Hollywood 141*
Track #23, Recorded in Hollywood 142*
Tracks #24 & 25, Recorded in Hollywood 166*
Track #26, Recorded in Hollywood 237*
Track #27, Recorded in Hollywood 244*
Track #28, Recorded in Hollywood 407*
Tracks #29 & 30, Hollywood 1009*
RED CALLENDER SEXTETTE (Recorded in RCA Victor Records)
Tracks #1-4: Marshall Royal, alto sax; Maxwell Davis, tenor sax; Floyd Turnham, baritone sax; Eddie Beal, piano; Red Callender, bass & vocals; Chico Hamilton, drums; Art Calderone, timbales (#3); Mauri Lynn, vocals (#1 & 2).
Recorded in Los Angeles, August 5, 1951
Tracks #5-8: Jewel Grant, alto sax; Maxwell Davis, tenor sax; Clyde Dunn, baritone sax; Eddie Beal, piano; Red Callender, bass; Lee Young, drums; Ignacio Lopez, bongos (#5).
Recorded in Los Angeles, September 21, 1951
Tracks #9-10: John Anderson, trumpet; Maurice Simon, tenor sax; Floyd Turnham, baritone sax; Eddie Beal, piano; Chuck Norris, guitar; Red Callender, bass; Lee Young, drums.
Recorded in Los Angeles, July 17, 1952
Tracks #11-12: John Anderson, trumpet; Minters Galloway, tenor sax; Jewell Grant, baritone sax; Eddie Beal, piano; Chuck Norris, guitar; Red Callender, bass; Lee Young, drums.
Recorded in Los Angeles, July 18, 1952
RED CALLENDER FOURTETTE (Recorded in RCA Victor Records)
Tracks #13-16: Eddie Beal, piano; Chuck Norris, guitar; Red Callender, bass; Lee Young, drums.
Recorded in Los Angeles, July 18, 1952
RED CALLENDER SEXTETTE (Recorded in Hollywood Records)
Bonus tracks #17-30: Red Callender, bass with (collective personnel): Maxwell Davis, tenor sax; poss. Bumps Myers, alto & tenor sax; Que Martyn or Floyd Turnham, baritone sax; poss. Eddie Beal, piano; poss. Chuck Norris, guitar; unidentified drummer; Linda Hayes, vocals on # 27-30.
Recorded in Los Angeles, 1951 (#17-23), 1952 (#24 & 25), 1953 (#26-28) and 1954 (#29 & 30)
This CD compilation produced by Jordi Pujol
Hi Fi · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
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