Red Callender's Gentle Swing - JazzWax

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June 02, 2009


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Nick Rossi

Nice profile. I highly recommend Red's autobiography "Unfinished Dream" to anyone that wants to read more. It also includes a decent discography.

Michael Steinman

Hats off! Wonderful to see someone taking note of Callendar, one of the music's most dependable and now forgotten people -- someone who could play alongside Louis, Sweets, and "more modern" musicians with ease. But a question: DID he really record more than Milt Hinton did on the East Coast? I thought Milt was the session-champ in sheer numbers. Not that it matters much except to detail-oriented types. Cheers!

Ed Leimbacher

Terrific post earns two idle questions:

It's a treat to see Jammin' looking pristine--Jacquet and Pres, Papa Jo and Big Sid both, the skinny fingers of Red and Sweets and Kessell at work... But what became of Billie-driven vocalist Marie Bryant? No doubt the major discogs say, but I don't own one.

Re: bass sessions. Where does perennial first-call Ray Brown sit in relation to Red's numbers?

April Callender

Red doubled with his tuba


Oh, my goodness thank you so much!!!!!!! I remember countless times in my Rumpus Room (that's what they called it in the 50's/60's playing that 33 1/3 album of my Dad's. The song "Speak Low" soloed by a Bass player was mesmerizing! I've been looking for Red Callender, but I've of course been spelling his last name like the days of the week-month calendar, so I'm sure that didn't help. Also thanks for explaining to me why more people didn't know about him. I've got to share this with my brothers and sisters!

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