Garvin Bushell and Friends – One Steady Roll
Delmark DE 250
Compact Disc (2009)
Jazz clarinetist Garvin Bushell’s 1988 autobiography is rightly titled “Jazz From the Beginning”. Bushell recorded with great pianists — James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Willie “The Lion” Smith, Jelly Roll Morton — and with important swing orchestras, such as those led by Fletcher Henderson, Cab Calloway and Chick Webb. In the mid-century, Bushell recorded with many of the period’s greatest jazz names, including John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Gil Evans, and King Curtis. This 1982 session features Garvin Bushell, clarinet, bassoon; Richard Hadlock, soprano sax; Ray Skjelbred, piano; Stu Wilson, bass; John Markham, drums; Leon Oakley, cornet; Barbara Lashley, vocals on 3 songs.