PEE WEE RUSSELL

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Charles Ellsworth Russell, much better known by his nickname Pee Wee Russell, (27 March 1906 - 15 February 1969) was a jazz musician. Early in his career he played clarinet and saxophones, but eventually focused solely on clarinet.

Russell was born in Maplewood, Missouri and grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma. In Muskogee about 1919 his father took young Ellsworth to a dance given by the then famous touring band The Louisiana Five featuring New Orleans jazz clarinetist Alcide Nunez. Russell was amazed by Nunez's improvisations. While he had ambitions to play music before, the event made Pee Wee decide that his primary instrument would be the clarinet and the type of music he would play would be jazz.

His family moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1920, then Pee Wee was enrolled in the Western Military Academy in Alton, Illinois. On the side he played clarinet with various dance and
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PEE WEE RUSSELL Jazz Dance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Dance
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1954
PEE WEE RUSSELL By Arrangement Only album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Arrangement Only
Dixieland 1954
PEE WEE RUSSELL We're in the Money album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
We're in the Money
Dixieland 1956
PEE WEE RUSSELL Portrait Of Pee Wee (aka Mainstream Jazz aka  Relaxin' aka Pee Wee Russell) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Portrait Of Pee Wee (aka Mainstream Jazz aka Relaxin' aka Pee Wee Russell)
Dixieland 1959
PEE WEE RUSSELL Pee Wee Russell Plays album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pee Wee Russell Plays
Dixieland 1959
PEE WEE RUSSELL Swingin' With Pee Wee (aka The Pee Wee Russell Memorial Album) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Swingin' With Pee Wee (aka The Pee Wee Russell Memorial Album)
Dixieland 1960
PEE WEE RUSSELL Jazz Reunion (with Coleman Hawkins) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Reunion (with Coleman Hawkins)
Dixieland 1961
PEE WEE RUSSELL Pee Wee Russell Plays Pee Wee album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pee Wee Russell Plays Pee Wee
Dixieland 1961
PEE WEE RUSSELL New Groove album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Groove
Cool Jazz 1963
PEE WEE RUSSELL A Legend album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Legend
Cool Jazz 1965
PEE WEE RUSSELL Ask Me Now! album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Ask Me Now!
Dixieland 1966
PEE WEE RUSSELL The Spirit Of '67 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Spirit Of '67
Dixieland 1967
PEE WEE RUSSELL Hot Licorice album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hot Licorice
Dixieland 1977
PEE WEE RUSSELL The Complete 1938 Rhythm Cats Transcription Session album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete 1938 Rhythm Cats Transcription Session
Dixieland 1979

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PEE WEE RUSSELL Pee Wee Russell And Pee Wee Hunt ‎: The Two Of Us And Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pee Wee Russell And Pee Wee Hunt ‎: The Two Of Us And Jazz
Dixieland 1963

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PEE WEE RUSSELL Jazz At Storyville album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz At Storyville
Dixieland 1952
PEE WEE RUSSELL Jazz At Storyville Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz At Storyville Vol. 1
Dixieland 1955
PEE WEE RUSSELL Jazz At Storyville Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz At Storyville Vol. 2
Dixieland 1955
PEE WEE RUSSELL The College Concert Of Pee Wee Russell And Henry Red Allen album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The College Concert Of Pee Wee Russell And Henry Red Allen
Dixieland 1966
PEE WEE RUSSELL Salute To Newport: Featuring Pee Wee Russell album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Salute To Newport: Featuring Pee Wee Russell
Dixieland 1978

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PEE WEE RUSSELL Jazz At Storyville Volume 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz At Storyville Volume 3
Dixieland 1964
PEE WEE RUSSELL The Definitive Pee Wee Russell album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Definitive Pee Wee Russell
Dixieland 1970
PEE WEE RUSSELL Pee Wee Russell With Ruby Braff And Red Richards ‎: The Individualism Of Pee Wee Russell album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pee Wee Russell With Ruby Braff And Red Richards ‎: The Individualism Of Pee Wee Russell
Dixieland 1978
PEE WEE RUSSELL Giants of Jazz: Pee Wee Russell album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Giants of Jazz: Pee Wee Russell
Dixieland 1981
PEE WEE RUSSELL The Pied Piper of Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Pied Piper of Jazz
Dixieland 1982
PEE WEE RUSSELL Jazz Original album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Original
Dixieland 1997
PEE WEE RUSSELL Plays album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plays
Dixieland 2008
PEE WEE RUSSELL Pee Wee Russell Plays with Buck Clayton, Vic Dickenson & Bud Freeman album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pee Wee Russell Plays with Buck Clayton, Vic Dickenson & Bud Freeman
Dixieland 2008
PEE WEE RUSSELL New Groove + The College Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Groove + The College Concert
Dixieland 2013

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PEE WEE RUSSELL Ask Me Now!

Album · 1966 · Dixieland
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We sure have come a long way to this date with Pee Wee Russell who has been around since the inception of Jazz. He was playing by 1922 and first recorded in 1924.He really is one of the pioneers. Clarinet was the instrument that Pee Wee played and he was good at it. If he had not been I am sure he would still not have been around for this date still in 1966. Quartet is what we have for the band, Pee Wee Russell clarinet, Marshall Brown,valve trombone,bass trumpet Russell George,bass and Ronnie Bedford on drums.If you expecting a real Dixie approach you will be disappointed as no trumpet ( we do get bass trumpet),cornet,piano or banjo is present but still one does get that feel. The album has more of a modern Hard Bop or just Bop approach at times and when Pee wee plays his clarinet it is difficult not to associate his music with Dixie and occasionally it still comes through even on this date so late in his career but Pee Wee always did things his way and change to him like any good musician is par for the course and not the exception.Pee Wee was plagued with drinking problems that interfered with his career as so many of the old musicians from this period had and this was not the specific domain of jazz either the other genres had some good boozers too

"Turnaround" is an Ornette Coleman composition and the tune has been changed to include some changes as Ornette did not use any in his version. Bass opens proceedings and trombone with Pee Wee joining in on clarinet which he uses to launch off to his solo. The tune is fairly low key at first listen but the solo is great and a great theme opens and closes the number. An Irving Berlin song "How About Me" follows but lets jump to the next "Ask Me Now" written by Thelonious Monk and without the piano present it gives the song a more relaxed feel which would be the best description for Pee Wees solo.John Coltrane with his composition "Some Other Blues" gets the treatment next and a nice sprightly version is the result with Pee Wee first, Marshall Brown puts down his trombone and some quick drum flashes from Ronnie Bedford and back to the theme.. Track 5 "I'll Climb the Highest Mountain which he has done many times before gets another revamp and is quite a beautifully played ballad and you hear Pee Wee play with some beautiful feel on his clarinet,fragile could be the best description and it is my favourite of the album simply because of this solo.. Licorice Stick is next but the one more I will mention is "Prelude to a Kiss" the Duke Ellington composition once again that fragile sound that a Clarinet seems to produce when played slow and simply gorgeous is his treatment of the tune. Calypso influence is the finisher and 'Calypso Walk" is the name of the tune and of course it is nice and sprightly.

Pee Wee Russell passed away 3 years after this session and do not think for 1 minute that what we have here is some burnt out old muso living on his name. Pee Wee still played great and he had feeling as this album will show you. The band that that was used on the album is a bit unconvential with the omission of a piano or if we went the other Dixie way, trumpet but there is an appeal with this set up. You get to hear Pee Wee play loud and clear.Great effort.

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