Interview: Jimmy Wilkins (Part 3) - JazzWax

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March 01, 2012


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Thanks for this enjoyable interview, Marc.

This was very interesting reading. Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis' attitudes was something I have learned here for the very first time, because little information about his personality can be found on the internet.

Although the quite bizarre tune titles like Spinal, Calling Dr. Jazz, Hollerin' And Screamin', or Fracture when Fats Navarro recorded with his sextet in 1946 tell us a lot about his special sense of humor. Hilarious!

Ernie Wilkins made not only his brother Jimmy's band sound like Basie, he also brought the Count's spirit to the Harry James Orchestra while another 'Count' was already there, in Harry's trumpet section, namely Mr. Nick "Count" Buono, lead trumpeter:


Clark Terry plahing Ernie Wilkins' "Big Bad Band" with Tonight Show Band:

Grover Gardner

I always thought that was Marshall Royal soloing on Hotel. It sure sounds like him. Am I wrong? The notes on the Mosiac set are not helpful, but I recall a Verve LP reissue that said it was Royal.

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