Sticks Evans, Milt Buckner and Bernie McKay at the Club Regal, in Columbus Ohio, between august 25, and september 7, 1952. From the Otto Flückiger Collection.





THE RECORDED WORKS OF MILT BUCKNER
(without his participation in Lionel Hampton's bands)

Part I: 1941 - 1963

compiled by ARMIN BÜTTNER

with the late Kees Bakker, the late Otto Flückiger and Arild Widerøe



Revised June 18, 2011

Revision Notes: We have added information about Buckner's participation in three sessions with Buddy Morrow that led to an LP for Mercury in 1962.

We have added information about a previously unknown session for Continental records in 1947, recorded by a small band made up from members of Lionel Hampton's orchestra, but without Hampton.

We have rewritten the recording date for Milt Buckner's 1954 session for 20th Century Records and we have replaced a 1958/1959 black and white photograph with a fiull color version and changed the location where the photo was probably taken from Small's Paradise to Gem's Paradise. We have also added a larger version of the photo of Milt's 1954 trio with Ernie "Big Ham" Williams.

Note: the information about the Milt Buckner acetates will be revised later.


Thanks to: Sidney Bakker, Jean-Pierre Berthet, Michael Cuscuna, Marv Goldberg, Dani Gugolz, Dieter Hartmann, Hubi Horst, Jørgen Jepsen, Jörg Koran, Georges Mathys, Bob McGrath, Kurt Mohr, Dan Morgenstern, John Norris, Ted O'Reilly, Michel Ruppli, Iris Schär, Mario Schneeberger.



MILT BUCKNER

Milt Buckner (p).

Unknown location, August 31, 1941


Tea For Two
acetate

Mean To Me
acetate

Lady Be Good
acetate

Twilight
acetate

Surrender (Serenity?)
acetate

Naivity
acetate

Fantasy
acetate
Acetates from the
collection of Kees Bakker

Note: The last four tracks were composed by Milt Buckner. A voice announces each track and the fifth title is hard to understand.



SEXTET WITH DINAH WASHINGTON

Dinah Washington (voc), Joe Morris (tp), Rudy Rutherford (cl), Arnett Cobb (ts), Milt Buckner, (p), Vernon King (b), Fred Radcliffe (dr), probably Lionel Hampton (dr-1, poss. p-2).

N.Y.C., December 29, 1943

LHS1 Evil Gal Blues
Keynote 605, Mercury 8043, MG20247
LHS2 I Know How to Do It-1
Keynote 606, Mercury 8044, MG20247
LHS3 Salty Papa Blues
Keynote 606, Mercury 8044, MG20247, 30033
LHS4 Homeward Bound-2
Keynote 605, Mercury 8043, MG20247
Keynote 605 from
the collection of Kees Bakker
Note: This session is not reflected in Buckner's diary for 1943. The entry for this day is only "same" which relates to an engagement at the Apollo theatre that started on december 14th.


HERBIE FIELDS SWINGSTERS

Snooky Young (tp), Al Hayse (tb), Herbie Fields (as, ts), Manny Albam, (bars), Milt Buckner (as "Buck Buckner" on Savoy 560)(p), Billy Mackel (g), Charlie Harris (b), Fred Radcliffe (dr).

N.Y.C. January 12, 1945

S5774 Jumpin' For Savoy
Savoy 560
S5775 How Herbie Feels
Savoy 560
Savoy 560 from th
collection of Kees Bakker
S5776 Mel's Riff
Savoy 540
S5777 Buck's Boogie Woogie
Savoy 540
Savoy 540 from the
collection of Armin Büttner

We had no access to Milt Buckner's diaries for 1945.



MILTON BUCKNER WITH THE HAMPTONE ALL STARS (001), ARNETT COBB WITH THE HAMPTONE ALL STARS (002/004), HERBIE FIELDS WITH THE HAMPTONE ALL STARS (003)


Wendell Culley, Joe Morris (tp), Herbie Fields (cl, as, ts), Arnett Cobb (ts), Charlie Fowlkes (bar), Milt Buckner (p), Billy Mackel (g), Charlie Harris (b), George Jenkins (dr).

Los Angeles, circa December 1945

HJ-001-2 Down Home
Hamp-Tone 102, Classics 1071
HJ-002 Jenny
Hamp-Tone 107, Classics 1071
HJ-003 Gate Serene Blues
Hamp-Tone 107, Classics 1071
HJ-004 Shebna
Hamp-Tone 102, Classics 1071, Epm Musique JA159422

Note: The title of Classics 1071, a french CD released in June 1999, is "Arnett Cobb And His Orchestra: 1946-1947". Epm Musique JA159422 is a CD titled "Arnett Cobb: The Wild Man of the Tenor Sax, 1943-1947". We had no access to Milt Buckner's diaries for 1945.


HERB JEFFRIES WITH THE HAMP-TONE All STARS

Herb Jeffries (voc), accompanied by the Hamp-Tone All Stars: Wendell Culley, Joe Morris (tp), Herbie Fields (cl), Arnett Cobb (ts), Charlie Fowlkes (bar), Milt Buckner (p), Billy Mackel (g), Charlie Harris (b).

Los Angeles, circa December 1945

BRH0001 Evening Breeze
Hamp-Tone 106
BRH0003 Your Guess Is As Good As Mine
Hamp-Tone 106

Information about the personnel from a copy of Hamp-Tone 106 from the collection of Dieter Hartmann. No drummer is mentioned on the label. Jan Evensmo from whom this session information stems, writes in his "History of Tenor Jazz Tenor Saxophone", that these are "completely commercial sides, of no interest if you are not an avid Jeffries collector!".
We had no access to Milt Buckner's diaries for 1945.



WYNONIE HARRIS ACCOMPANIED BY HAMP-TONE ALL STARS

Wynonie Harris (voc), accompanied by Wendell Culley, Joe Morris (tp), Herbie Fields (cl-1, ts-2), Arnett Cobb (ts), Charlie Fowlkes (bar), Milt Buckner (p), Billy Mackel (g), Charlie Harris (b), George Jenkins (dr).

Los Angeles, December 1945 or January 1946

HJ-009-3 Good Morning Corinne-1
Hamp-Tone 103, Phoenix Jazz LP7, Riverboat 900263, Classics 1013
HJ-010-2 Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop Part 1 (band voc)
Hamp-Tone 100, Phoenix Jazz LP7, Classics 1013

Hamp-Tone 103 from
the collection of Armin Büttner


HJ-011 Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop Part 2 (band voc)
Hamp-Tone 100, Phoenix Jazz LP7, Classics 1013
HJ-012-1 In The Evenin' Blues-2
Hamp-Tone 103, Phoenix Jazz LP7, Riverboat 900263, Classics 1013, Epm Musique 16018

Hamp-Tone 100 from
the collection of Kees Bakker



Note: Phoenix Jazz LP7 is titled "Mr. Blues Meets The Master Saxes", released 1975, Classics 1013, "Wynonie Harris: 1945 – 1947" was released 1998. Riverboat 90026, released around 1975 is a sampler titled "The Best Of The Blues Shouters", Epm Musique 16018, a CD released 2002, is called "Milt Buckner: The Swinging Block-Chords Pianist 1943-1950". We had no access to Milt Buckner's diaries for 1946.


THE BEALE ST. BOYS
One Drum, One Saxophone, One Bass, and A Piano

Pazzuza Simon (ts), Milt Buckner (p), Curley Russell (b), Art Herbert (dr).

N.Y.C., October 28, 1946

S3363 Rockin' The Boogie
Savoy unissued

Savoy 653 from the
collection of Armin Büttner
S3364 Tupelo Junction
Savoy XP 8064, MG15023, Festival (AUS) CFR 10-259, Classics 5032
S3365 Raisin' The Roof
Savoy 653-B, XP8065, MG15023, Festival (AUS) CFR 10-259, Classics 5032, Epm Musique 16018

Savoy XP 8050 from the
collection of Dieter Hartmann
S3366 Lights Out (Blue Nights*)
Savoy 653-A, 1136-A*, 45-797, XP 8058, XP 8050, MG15008, Festival (Au) CRF10-112, Classics 5032, Epm Musique 16018

Savoy 1136 from the
collection of Dieter Hartmann
Note: According to Dieter Hartmann, "Lights Out" was released (probably on purpose) as the A-side of the 78rpm and the 45rpm record Savoy 1136, as by The Hot Shots under the title "Blue Nights" (composer credit: "L. Herman"). The composer credit on 653-A reads "A. M. Brunner". The session was supervised by Teddy Reig. MG15023 is a 10 inch LP titled "Milt Buckner Piano". Thanks also to Dieter Hartmann for information about the EP Savoy XP 8050, "Rhythm And Blues Volume 2" which Buckner shares with Big Jay McNeely, T.J. Fowler and Sir Charles Thompson. Classics 5032, released 2002 is a CD called "The Chronological Milt Buckner 1946 - 1951".
The ten inch LP Festival (AUS) CFR 10-259, also titled "Milt Buckner Piano" contains the same material as the original Savoy ten inch LP. It was probably released shortly after the US version.
We had no access to Milt Buckner's diaries for 1945.






Entry from Milt Buckner's 1947 diary. Note the brackets: Made Tuesdays.
The entry on the flipside reads Made Records Today.

unidentified leader

Joe Morris (tp), Jack Kelso (cl, as), Arnett Cobb (ts), Milt Buckner (p), Billy Mackel (g), Charlie Harris (b), Curley Hamner (dr).

New York City, January 14 1947


4 unknown titles
Continental unissued

This unissued session – including full personnel – is mentioned in Milt Buckner's diary for 1947. Any further information is very much welcome.


THE BEALE STREET GANG

Unidentified (tp), Ray Abrams (ts), Milt Buckner (p), prob. Curley Russell (b), prob. Arthur Herbert (dr).

N.Y.C., December 8, 1947 (??)

S3478 Teddy Bear
Regent 129, Savoy 5555, XP8065, Classics 5032, Epm Musique 16018
S3479 Hoiman
Savoy unissued
Savoy XP8064
and Savoy XP8065
from the Otto Flückiger Collection
S3480 Jelly Roll Jan
(Dedicated to Jelly Roll Jan)
(Jelly Roll*)

Savoy 669, XP8065*, MG15023, Festival (AUS) CFR 10-259, Classics 5032*, Epm Musique 16018

Savoy 669 from the
collection of Armin Büttner

S3481 Hole In The Wall
Savoy XP8064, MG15023, Festival (AUS) CFR 10-259, Classics 5032

Savoy Mg15023 from the
collection of Armin Büttner

S3482 Jumpin' In Jack's House
(Dedicated to Harold Johnson Washington, D.C.)

Savoy 669, Classics 5032, Epm Musique 16018

The date (December 8, 1947) given in the usual sources is not reflected in Buckner's diaries. The entry for this date names an engagement at an unidentified club in Omaha, Nebraska (the engagement started on december 4th.)

Personal from Ruppli who misses the trumpet player to be heard on the issued tracks. Savoy MG15023 is a 10 inch LP titled "Milt Buckner Piano". The ten inch LP Festival (AUS) CFR 10-259, also titled "Milt Buckner Piano" contains the same material as the original Savoy ten inch LP.

The flipside of Regent 129 is "Killer Diller" by Gene Coy.


THE BEALE ST. GANG(731) / MILTON BUCKNER AND ORCH. (693)

Julius Watkins (tp-1), Billy Mitchell (ts), Bernie MacKay (g), Milt Buckner (p), Bruce Lawrence (b), Eddie Grant (dr).

N.Y.C., Fall 1948

S35150 Back Alley Blues*
Savoy 731-B, Classics 5032, Epm Musique 16018
S35151 Raising The Roof
Savoy unissued
S35152 Lazy Joe-1
Savoy 693 B, XP 8064, MG15023, Festival (AUS) CFR 10-259, Classics 5032, Epm Musique 16018
S35153 Fatstuff Boogie
Savoy 693 A, Official 3033, Classics 5032
Savoy 731 from the
collection of Kees Bakker

Note: According to Buckner's diaries, Buckner's band with this personnel was formed in october and disbanded early december. Information about the contents of Savoy XP 8064 and 8065 were taken from actual copies. MG15023 is a 10 inch LP titled "Milt Buckner Piano". Official 3033 is a danish LP titled "Milt Buckner: The Early Years". Information about the artist labeling of Savoy 693 from a copy in the collection of Dieter Hartmann.


MILT BUCKNER

Milt Buckner (p).

Recorded at a party (unidentified location), poss 1949.


solo 1
private recording (acetate)

solo 2
private recording (acetate)

solo 3
private recording (acetate)

solo 4
private recording (acetate)

MILT BUCKNER

Boogie Lesson for Jean Hiatt
Milt Buckner (p).

Fifth lesson. Unidentified location. Recorded on a wire recorder, Feb, 3, 1949.


Unidentified Fast Tune
private wire recording

Unidentified Medium Tune
private wire recording

Unidentified Medium Boogie Tune
private wire recording

Unidentified Medium Jump Tune
private wire recording

Unidentified Chords Tune
private wire recording

According to Buckner's diary, he gave six Boogie lessons to one Jean Hiatt in january and february 1949.. The above five tracks have been dubbed on a CDR and are still existing. The entry in the diary for this day is "recorded some boogies and whole lesson on wire recorder"



Recording session for MGM, N.Y.C., WMGM Studio C, March 10, 1949. The alto saxophonist in the middle is Bill Graham.
From the Otto Flückiger Collection.

MILT BUCKNER AND HIS ORCHESTRA

Leonard Hawkins, Dave Page, Johnny Letman, Talib Daawud (tp), Michael Wood, Henderson Chambers, Leon Comegys (tb), Julius Watkins (frh), Rudy Powell, Bill Graham (as), Paul Quinichette, Billy Mitchell (ts), Charlie Fowlkes (bar), Milt Buckner (p-1, vib-2), Bernie MacKay (g), Ted Sturgis (b), Edward Grant (dr).

WMGM Studio C, N.Y.C., March 10, 1949 (14-17h)

49-S-126-3 Buck's Bop-2
MGM 10410, MGM(F) 4041, MGM (F) EPF1, Official 3033,
Classics 5032

MGM 10410 from
the collection of Kees Bakker

49-S-127-5 Milt's Boogie-1
MGM 10410, MGM(F) 4041, MGM (F) EPF1, Official 3033, Classics 5032, Epm Musique 16018
49-S-128-1 Oo-Be-Doop-2
(band vocal)

MGM 10504, MGM(F) 4143, MGM (F) EPF1, Official 3033, Classics 5032

MGM(F) 4143 from
the collection of Kees Bakker

49-S-129-3 M.B. Blues-1
MGM 10504, MGM(F) 4143, MGM (F) EPF1, Classics 5032, Epm Musique 16018

MGM (F) EPF1 from the
collection of Dieter Hartmann

Date confirmed by the Buckner diaries. Note: "M.B. Blues" was originally titled "Chordial Blues". MGM 10410 was released on May 6th, 1949 according to Milt Buckner's diaries. Thanks to Mario Schneeberger for information about MGM(F) 4041, and thanks to Kees Bakker for information about MGM(F) 4143, both not mentioned in previous discographies. Official 3033 is a danish LP titled "Milt Buckner: The Early Years". According to Dieter Hartmann, the EP MGM (F) EPF1 was released in february 1955. French pianist André Persiany who took part in lot of Buckner's later recordings wrote it's liner notes. Detailed Information from Ruppli.

Milt Buckner and an unidentified musician in the MGM building, march 10, 1949. The notes lying on the jacket are for M.B.Blues. Unfortunately the notes in front of Buckner are not legible. From the Otto Flückiger Collection.


MILT BUCKNER AND HIS ORCHESTRA

Similar personal to march 10, 1949, identified soloists: Leonard Hawkins (tp), Julius Watkins (frh), Bill Graham (as), Billy Mitchell, Paul Quinichette (ts), Milt Buckner (p, vib), Bernie MacKay (g, voc-1), Jack ? (announcer).

Broadcast («Bands for Bonds»), probably WOR Studios, N.Y.C., probably march 26, 1949


Introduction
Broadcast

Buck's Bop
--

Bewildered
--

Interview With Milt Buckner
--

Milt's Boogie
--

Fiesta de l'Amor
--

Baby, All The Time
--

Milt's Boogie
--

Probable date and place for this session extrapolated: The interviewer says "You have the band for a month and you broke all records at the Apollo...". Buckner's band played the Apollo from march 18 to march 24, according to his diary. Mention is also made in the broadcast of upcoming engagements at the Regal Theatre in Cincinnati (where Buckner played from April 2 to April 4) and the Howard Theatre in Washington D.C. (where Buckner played from April 15 to April 21) An entry in Buckner's diaries for march 26, 1949 reads "Played Treasury Bandstand WOR 1440 Broadway". Our guess is that Buckner mixed up the two programs ("Bands for Bonds" and "Treasury Bandstand") which, to the author's knowledge, served the same purpose.

Note that at one point, Buckner adresses the announcer as "Jack".

Thanks to Mario Schneeberger for help in dating, thanks to Iris Schär for identifying the title of "Fiesta de l'Amor" (it is hard to understand the announcer). On the broadcast the Buckner orchestra is alternating with a commercial singing and playing (acc, g, perc) trio. The compilers of this discography were not able to understand the name of the trio (Nice Tone Trio? ) nor the names of it's members (Ernie Calabry (?), Howard Lemon or Howard Long (?), Al Nice Tone (???))



THE EDDIE CONDON FLOOR SHOW

Billy Butterfield (tp), Cutty Cutshall (tb), Ernie Caceres (cl), Milt Buckner (p-1, vib-2), Joe Bushkin (p), Eddie Condon (g), Irving Manning (b), Buddy Rich (dr, voc), Baby Lawrence (tap dance)

NBC-TV broadcast, N.Y.C., May 14, 1949


Buckner's Boogie-1
TV broadcast

Flying Home-2
TV broadcast

Other titles from this broadcast, among them "Oh, Baby" and "The Hucklebuck" are probably without Buckner. Corrections to the personal by Jean-Pierre Berther. According to Buckner's diaries, this broadcast also featured him with the Three Flames.


MILT BUCKNER AND HIS ORCHESTRA


Mustafa Daleel (Alphonso Barrymore), Leonard Hawkins, Johnny Letman, Talib Daawud (tp), Michael Wood, Henderson Chambers, Leon Comegys (tb), Julius Watkins (frh), Rudy Powell, Charlie Holmes (as), Alva McCain, Billy Mitchell (ts), Charlie Fowlkes (bar), Milt Buckner (p-1, vib-2, vcl-3, cond-4), Bernie MacKay (g), Ted Sturgis (b), Timothy Kennedy (dr).

WMGM Studio B, N.Y.C., June 3, 1949 (14-17h)

49-S-211-4 Who Shot John-1,3
MGM test pressing,
Official 3033, Classics 5032
49-S-212-8 Yesterdays-4
MGM 10632, Official 3033, Classics 5032
49-S-213-4 Don't Tell Your Papa, Tell Your Mama
MGM unissued


MGM 10632 and
MGM test pressing of 49-S-211-4 from the Otto Flückiger Collection

49-S-214-4 Buck-A-Boo-2
MGM 10632, Official 3033, Classics 5032

Detailed Information about personal from Ruppli. Information about the time and place from the contract for this session and Buckner's diaries. It seems that Buckner does not play on "Yesterdays". There are press clippings from the Baltimore Afro-American as well as the Carolinian pertaining to this and the aforementioned MGM sessions.


JERRY JEROME

No details.

Recording Session for Q.T., August 10, 1949, The Date is from Milt Buckner's diary.



DINAH WASHINGTON WITH TEDDY STEWART'S ORCHESTRA

Dinah Washington (voc) with Teddy Stewart's Orchestra, : unidentified personal, Milt Buckner (arr, cond.)

Apex Studios, N.Y.C., September 27, 1949

2996-2
Fast Movin' Mama
Mercury 8207, 832444-2
2997-2 Juice Head Man Of Mine
Mercury 8207, 832444-2, Polygram 534923
2998 Shuckin And Jivin'
Mercury MG 20829, 832444-2
2999 Richest Guy In The Graveyard
Mercury 8154, EP1-3207, Mer(F) MEP14042, 832444-2, Polygram 534923
2999-? Richest Guy In The Graveyard (alt.)
Mercury 832444-2

Mercury 832444-2 is a 3CD set titled "The Complete Dinah Washington on Mercury, Vol. 1 (1946-1949)". Polygram 534923 is a 2CD set titled "Ladies Sing The Blues", a collection of female rhythm and blues singers from the Mercury catalogue. Information about EP1-3207 and Mer(F) MEP14042 from Jepsen. Date confirmed by Buckner's diaries.


THE THREE FLAMES ACCOMPANIED BY MILT BUCKNER AND HIS ORCHESTRA/THE THREE FLAMES*

Three Flames (George "Tiger" Haynes, Roy Testamark, Bill (Averill?) Pollard (voc), accompanied by: Lamar Wright, Talib Daawud (tp), Al Hayse (tb), Julius Watkins (frh), George Dorsey (as), John Hartzfield (ts), Charlie Fowlkes (bar), Milt Buckner (p), Percy Heath (b), Tim Kennedy (dr).

WOR Studio, N.Y.C., January 25, 1950 (11 - 14 h)

50-S-29 I Don't Want To Take That Chance
MGM 10853
50-S-30 (Good-Bye) Cornelia Jones
MGM 10853
50-S-31-2 Chewing Gum Mama*
MGM 10741
50-S-32-3 Suffer*
MGM 10741

Date confirmed by Buckner's diaries. All discographies have the last two titles as unissued, but according to Michael Ruppli's "The MGM Label" they were released on MGM 10741. Galen Gart's "First Pressings" give a release date of july 1950. Thanks also to Dan Morgenstern. According to Galen Garts "First Pressings", MGM 10853 was released in december 1950.


FLORENCE WRIGHT

Florence Wright (voc), Errol Garner (p on "The Real Gone Tune" and probably others), Milt Buckner (arr), rest unidentified.

February 11, 1950


Poor Butterfly
National 9105

Imagination
National 9105
NSC604 Pie in the Basket
National 9118
NSC605 The Real Gone Tune
National 9118

Date and information about Buckner writing the arrangements for this session and being present during the recording from Buckner's diaries. We have not heard this session.


WILLIAM "WILD BILL" MOORE ORCHESTRA

John Hunt (tp), William Moore, Paul Quinichette (ts), Bill Graham (bar), Milt Buckner (p, org), Frank Skeete (b), Joe Harris (dr).

Apex Studios, N.Y.C., March 3, 1950

K5862 Balancing With Bill
King 4383, Blue Moon BMCD 6043
K5863 Neck Bones and Collard Greens
King 4361, Blue Moon BMCD 6043
K5864 Hey Spo-Dee-O-Dee
King 4383, Blue Moon BMCD 6043
K5865 Rock Bottom
King 4361, Blue Moon BMCD 6043

Basic information about this session from Jan Evensmo's "History of Jazz Tenor Saxophone. Black Artists. Volume 5, 1950-1954". Date confirmed (and studio identified) in Buckner's diary. Information about the contents of King 4361 from Galen Gart's "First Pressings". Further matrix numbers from Jepsen. Blue Moon BMCD 6043, "Wild Bill Moore; Complete Recordings Volume 2" was released 2004.

See Appendix for another Wild Bill Moore session where the pianist has recently been erroneously given as Milt Buckner.


MABEL SCOTT

Mabel Scott (voc), accompanied by: Joe Wilder (tp), Henderson Chambers (tb), George Dorsey, Bill Graham (as), Paul Quinichette (ts), Milt Buckner (p), Bernie MacKey (g), Gene Ramey (b), Jo Jones (dr).

Nola Studios, N.Y.C., March 25, 1950

K5882 Fine Fine Baby
King 4386, TIM / Past Perfect 220240, Westside WEAS 923, Classics 5068
K5883 Have You Ever Watched Love Die
King 4386, Westside WEAS 923, Classics 5068
K5884 Baseball Boogie
King 4368, TIM / Past Perfect 220240, Westside WEAS 923, Nonesuch 79340, Classics 5068
K5885 I Found My Baby
King 4368, Classics 5068

DJ copy of King 4368 from
the collection of Armin Büttner

Basic information about this session from Jan Evensmo's "History of Jazz Tenor Saxophone. Black Artists. Volume 5, 1950-1954". Buckner's diaries confirm the date and name the studio. Information about King 4386 from Galen Gart's "First Pressings". Further matrix numbers from Jepsen. TIM / Past Perfect 220240 is a 15CD set titled "Rhythm & Blues goes Rock 'n' Roll. Volume 1". Nonesuch 79340 is the soundtrack to Ken Burns' TV series "Baseball - the American Epic". Westside WEAS 923, entitled "King's Queens" is a compilation of female R'nB singers that recorded for King records. Classics 5068, entitled "Mabel Scott 1938-1950" is a french CD released in September 2003.


WYNONIE HARRIS / WYNONIE «MR. BLUES» HARRIS WITH MILT BUCKNER ORCHSTRA*

Wynonie Harris (voc), Joe Wilder (tp-1), Henderson Chambers (tb-1), Joe Allston, John Hartzfield (ts), Bill Graham (bars), Milt Buckner (p), Bruce Lawrence (b), Sammie "Sticks" Evans (dr), unidentified vocal group-2.

Beltone Studio, N.Y.C., May 18, 1950, from 13h.

K5911 Rock Mr. Blues-1,2
King 4389, Route 66 KIX-3, Charly CRB 1097, Charly 244, Rhino R2 71544, Classics 1289
K5912 Stormy Night Blues-2
King 4378, Vogue (F) 3167*, Route 66 KIX-20, Classics 1289
K5913 Good Morning Judge-1
King 4378, 4852, 6304, 260, KS 1086, JS 772, Vogue (F) 3167*, Gusto GD-5040-X(2), Charly CRB 1097, Charly 244, Rhino R2 71544, Classics 1289
K5914 Be Mine, My Love-1
King 4389, Route 66 KIX-3, Classics 1289
Vogue (F) 3167 from
the collection of Kees Bakker

Note: According to "First Pressings", King 4378 was released in july 1950, King 4389 in october of the same year. King 4852 was released in december 1955. Classics 1289, a CD titled "Wynonie Harris 1950-1952", was released in march 2003. Date confirmed in Buckner's diaries.

EDDIE VINSON & HIS ORCHESTRA

Joe Wilder (tp), Tyree Glenn (tb), Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (as, voc), Buddy Tate (ts), Bill Graham (bars), Milt Buckner (p), Gene Ramey (b), Percy Brice (dr.)

Nola Studio, N.Y.C., May 22, 1950

K5915-2
My Big Brass Bed (Band*) Is Gone
King 4381, LP 1087, JS 634*, Gusto LP 5035X
K5916-1 Queen Bee Blues
King 4396, LP 634, LP 1087 VG (E) 2023, JS 636, Gusto LP 5035X
JS 634 from the collection
of Kees Bakker
K5917
If You Don't Think I'm Sinking
(Look At The Hole I'm In)

King 4414, LP 668, Gusto LP 5035X, Epm Musique 16018
K5918 Jump And Grunt
King 4396, Trutone 509, VG (E) 2023, JS 636, Gusto LP 5035X
Epm Musique 16018
JS 636 from the
Otto Flückiger Collection


Note: Date confirmed and Studio given by Buckner's diaries. According to "First Pressings" King 4381 was released in august 1950, 4396 was released in september or october of that year. King 4414 probably appeared at the end of the year. Information about the subtitle for K5917 from an online auction.

See Appendix for another Eddie Vinson session where the pianist has recently been erroneously given as Milt Buckner.

MR. SWING WITH BOBBY PLATER AND HIS ORCHESTRA (327)/
JEROME RICHARDSON WITH BOBBY PLATER AND HIS ORCHESTRA (329)

Mr. Swing (Rufus Thomas) (voc-1) accompanied by unidentified (tp), Bobby Plater (as, ldr), Jerome Richardson (ts), poss. Johnny Board (ts), unidentified (bars), Milt Buckner (p), prob. Rudy Mason (g), prob. Roy Johnson (b), prob. Ellis Bartee (dr),

Probably Memphis, probably between June 9 and June 11, 1950


Beer Bottle Boogie-1
Bullet 327, BCD 15864, TIM / Past Perfect 220256

Gonna Bring My Baby Back-1
Bullet 327, BCD 15864, TIM / Past Perfect 220256

She's Gone Again
Bullet 329

Phillips Sent Me
Bullet 329

According to Bobby Plater (in an old, undated interview), the pianist on this session was Gus De Weerdt (also known as De Veerdt, sometimes listed as Gus Domerete), but a listen to Bullet 327 (which was released in july 1950) clearly confirms the presence of Buckner, including his trademark grunting. The date of June 1950 stems from Plater. According to Buckner's diarys, Buckner rejoined Hampton after a two year break on June 9th for a three day engagement in Memphis' Handy Theatre. The above sides were probably recorded during this engagement. Mario Schneeberger suggests that one of the tenorsaxists may be Johnny Board. According to the late Otto Flückiger, the guitarist does not sound like Billy Mackel. It is definitely not Wes Montgomery either. Evidence points to Rudy Mason who replaced Montgomery for a few months before Mackel returned in july. In the interview Plater gave Betty Carter as the vocalist for this session. We have not yet heard Bullet 329 (released in september 1950, according to "First pressings") on which Carter might sing. "Phillips Sent Me" is most probably dedicated to Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips whose trademark gab according to a trade magazine article from 1951 was to invite the listeners to say that "Phillips sent ya" when entering a record shop.
Bear Family BCD 15864 is a 8CD set titled "A Shot in The Dark, Nashville Jumps, 1945-1955". TIM / Past Perfect 220256 is a 15CD set titled "Rhythm & Blues goes Rock 'n' Roll. Volume 2".


MILTON BUCKNER AND HIS BEALE STREET GANG

Tyree Glenn (tb), Harold Clark (ts), Reuben Phillips (bar), Milt Buckner (p, vcl), Aaron Bell (b), Tim Kennedy (dr).

N.Y.C., April 5, 1951

SAV6853
Red Red Wine
Savoy 785, Classics 5032
SAV6854
Boogie Grunt
Savoy 785, XP8064, MG15023, Festival (AUS) CFR 10-259, Classics 5032
SAV6855
I Love My Baby
Savoy unissued
SAV6856
Slow Rock
Savoy XP8065, Classics 5032

Savoy 785 from the collection
of Otto Flückiger


Date confirmed by Buckner's diaries. "Boogie Grunt" is listed in the diary as "Gruntin' Boogie". Apparently shortly after this session Buckner tried to interest Herman Lubinsky of Savoy Records fame in recording Buckner's organ trio. Lubinsky sent a paternalistic letter on July 30, 1951 showing his disinterest. Ironically later Lubinsky got hold of Buckner's organ recordings on Scooter for release on Regent, at that time owned by Lubinsky.


SONNY PARKER
Gladys Hampton's Blues Boys

Sonny Parker (voc) accompanied by Walter Williams (tp), Al Grey (tb), Bobby Plater (as), Johnny Board (ts), Ben Kynard (bars), Milt Buckner (p, org-1), Billy Mackel (g), Roy Johnson (b), Curley Hamner (dr).

Houston, Texas, probably spring 1952

ACA-2084 Money Ain't Everything
Peacock 1595, Vogue V 3341, Blue Moon BMCD 6003
ACA-2085 Disgusted Blues
Peacock 1620, Vogue V3365, (E) V2392, Blue Moon BMCD 6003
ACA-2086 She Sets My Soul On Fire
Peacock 1620, Vogue V3365, (E) V2392, MCA CD 10667, Blue Moon BMCD 6003
ACA-2087 Worried Life Blues
Peacock 1595,Vogue V 3341, Duke LP 82, POP SPO 17005, Blue Moon BMCD 6003
Peacock 1595 from the
collection of Otto Flückiger

Note: According to "First Pressings" Peacock 1595 was released in may 1952. Peacock 1620 was probably released in summer of that year. Blue Moon BMCD 6003, released in 1995, is titled "Sonny Parker: The Complete 1948–1953". There seems to be no mention of this session in Buckner's diaries of this time.


AL GREY


Al Grey (tb), Milt Buckner (p and/or or), rest unidentified

prob. Houston, Texas, july 31, 1952

ACA- 2503
Savoy
Peacock unissued
ACA- 2504
Goof-A-Dust
Peacock unissued

Note: This session is mentioned in Milt Buckner's diaries ("Recorded with Al Grey - Peacock Records - Don Robey"). Jepsen has two Peacock sessions for Al Grey: One given as "Houston, ca. 1953" with William "Chiefi" Scott (tp), Al Grey (tb), Johnny Board (ts), Bob Little (bars), Paul Monday (p), Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (g, voc), Ray Johnson (b) and Ellis Bartee (dr). For the other Al Grey Peacock session (which should be the one above) Jepsen gives "probably the same".


Sticks Evans, Milt Buckner and Bernie McKay at the Club Regal, in Columbus Ohio, between august 25, and september 7, 1952. From the Otto Flückiger Collection.

MILT BUCKNER'S ORGAN TRIO


Milt Buckner (org), Bernie MacKay (g), Sticks Evans (dr)

N.Y.C., December (18???) 1952

S204
Rollin' Strollin'
Scooter 304, Regent MG6004
S205-2 By The River St. Marie
Scooter 303, Regent MG6004, Official 3033
Regent MG6004 from the
collection of Armin Büttner

S206
Take It Away
Scooter 304, Regent MG6004
S207-1 Russian Lullaby
Scooter 303, Regent MG6004, Official 3033
Scooter 303 from the
collection of Kees Bakker

Note: MG6004 is an LP called "Organ ... Sweet N' Swing" The other featured artists are Bobby Banks and Vin Strong. All four titles are also on BYG(F) 529.138. Official 3033 is a danish LP titled "Milt Buckner: The Early Years".According to Francois Ziegler, Morris Lane recorded the session before this one (S200 -S203) on December 12, 1952. The Lane session was released as Scooter 301 and 302. The only entry in Buckner's diaries around this time that may be connected to this session is for december 18: "L&B Radio". Was this a studio? Scooter was a subsidiary of Roost records.


MILT BUCKNER ORGAN TRIO

Milt Buckner (org), Bernie MacKay (g-1, electraharp-2), Sticks Evans (dr

probably same session

S209
Trapped-2
Scooter 306, Official 3033


Scooter 306 from the
collection of Otto Flückiger


S210 Boo It-1
Scooter 306, Official 3033










The Trio at the Club Regal, in Columbus Ohio, between august 25, and
september 7, 1952, Bernie MacKay at the electroharp.
From the Otto Flückiger Collection.


Newspaper Advertisement,
East St. Louis, unknown date.
From the Otto Flückiger Collection
Standard discographies have Cornelius Thomas as the drummer, no guitar on S210 and Floyd Smith as the guitarist on S209 . Note however that the matrix numbers follow directly the ones from above which points to these tracks being recorded at the same or a slightly later date. Sticks Evans is known to have left the band on Feb, 14, 1953, he was replaced by James Dixon for about a week. Cornelius Thomas joined the band on Feb, 24th for an engagement at the Club Afrique in Washington D.C. He stayed with Buckner until the summer of 1954. The mention of Thomas and Smith here seems to be based on false assumptions and MacKay sounding like Floyd Smith on "Trapped". In fact MacKay is playing an electraharp on this track. Contrary to standard discographies there is a guitar on S210. According to "First Pressings" Scooter 306 was released in july 1953. Official 3033 is a danish LP titled "Milt Buckner: The Early Years".

MILT BUCKNER TRIO


Terry Gibbs (vib-1), Milt Buckner (org), Bernie MacKay (g-1, electroharp-2), Cornelius Thomas (dr).

N.Y.C. March 16, 1953

84583 Russian Lullaby-1
Brunswick BL58048, (E) Coral LRA 10014

Coral (E) LRA 10014 from
the collection of Armin Büttner

84584 Trapped-2

Brunswick BL58048, (E) Coral LRA 10014,
Coral 806, MCA MCA2-4113


Note: Terry Gibbs is featured on the other tracks of Brunswick BL58048, a 10 inch LP, released in Great Britain as Coral 10014. Coral 806, according to Francois Ziegler was a german 10 inch LP also featuring Terry Gibbs as well as Coleman Hawkins and Jackie Paris. MCA MCA2-4113 is a 2LP set, from the "Leonard Feather Series", titled "Jazztime U.S.A." .


CHARLIE PARKER WITH THE MILT BUCKNER TRIO

Charlie Parker (as), Milt Buckner (org), Bernie MacKay (g), Cornelius Thomas (dr), Leonard Feather (mc).

Radio broadcast "Down Beat Poll Winners", Bandbox, New York, March 23, 1953


Conversation between
Leonard Feather and Parker

Queen-Disc (I) 002, CBS 82 291, CBS Jazzotheque CD 466550 2, (I) Bird Box LP19, CD (I) Bird Box Volume 5, JUTB-3015 (CD), CBS/Sony (J) 25AP-854, Columbia JC-34831, Sony Records (Jap) SRCS-7126, Sound Hills (J) SSCD-8017-34, Franklin Mint Box 41/44, CBS (EU) 466.550-2, Philology (I) W.8512, Soni (J) SSCD-8017/34

Groovin' High
Queen-Disc (I) 002, CBS 82 291, CBS Jazzotheque CD 466550 2, (I) Bird Box LP19, CD (I) Bird Box Volume 5, JUTB-3015 (CD), CBS/Sony (J) 25AP-854, Columbia JC-34831, Sony Records (Jap) SRCS-7126, Sound Hills (J) SSCD-8017-34, Franklin Mint Box 41/44, CBS (EU) 466.550-2, Philology (I) W.8512, Soni (J) SSCD-8017/34
From the collection of Kees Bakker

Note: Information about the issues for this material from Claude Schlouch's "Charlie Parker - A Discography" (1999) and Piet Koster's "Charlie Parker Discography" (2002). Thanks to Mario Schneeberger for bringing this sources to our attention. According to Schlouch, on most of the issues above the conversation between Feather and Parker is shortened.



IMPERIALS

The Imperials: Milton Harris (lead tenor), Robert Adams (baritone and tenor), Lee Goodwin (second tenor and baritone), Ben Knight (bass) with Isaac Saxton "Sax" Kari (ts),"Big Red" (sax). Milt Buckner (p), Willie Dixon (b), "Brock" (bgo).

Detroit, between April 27 and May 9, 1954

M-121
You'll Never Walk Alone
Great Lakes 1212, City Cuts 1001
M-122 Ain't Gonna Tell It Right
Great Lakes 1212, City Cuts 1001
? Senorita
Great Lakes unissued
? unknown tracks
Great Lakes unissued

A red wax copy of Great Lakes 1212
from the collection of Marv Goldberg



Note: Session information from Marv Goldberg. Milton Harris, lead singer of The Imperials, gave the above personal to Goldberg (see: R&B Notebooks: The Imperials on Great Lakes). The real names of "Big Red" and bongo player "Brock" are not known. According to Milt Buckner's diarys, Milt played the Rouge Lounge in Detroit form april 27 to may 9, 1954. City Cuts 1001 is a bootleg CD titled "Rhythm and Blues Detroit Style 1952 - 1957".


The Organ Trio, 1954: Ernie "Big Ham" Williams, Milt Buckner , Sam Woodyard.
Location unidentified, from the Otto Flückiger Collection


MILT BUCKNER

Milton Buckner (org), Ernie «Big Ham» Williams (g), Sam Woodyard (dr).

Philadelphia, January 11–16 or June/July 1954 (see note)
MB1
Taking A Chance On Love
20th Century TC-5018, Official 3033


20th Century TC-5022 From the Otto Flückiger Collection

MB2 Flying Home
20th Century TC-5018, Official 3033
MB3 There'll Never Be Another You
20th Century TC-5022, Official 3033
MB4 The Hawk Talks
20th Century TC-5022, Official 3033

Note: This session is not mentioned in Buckner's diaries nor in Billboard. 20th Century was a subsidary of Gotham Records, located in Philadelphia. The ususal sources give july 1954 as the recording date, but Gotham 5015 by the Mike Pedicin Quartet was first mentioned in Billboard of February 6, 1954 and 5020 by Billy Murray & The Four Cousins was first mentioned in Billboard of April 17, 1954. 5024 by The Mathys Brothers was first mentioned in Billboard of August 14 1954. Milt Buckner told Otto Flückiger that these sides were recorded in Philadelphia. During the time period in question the Buckner trio played at Pep's Bar in Philadelphia from January 11 to January 16 and from June 14 to July 10, 1954.
Official 3033 is a danish LP titled "Milt Buckner: The Early Years".


Milt Buckner, Danny Turner and Alford Griffin, probably 1956 in Cleveland Ohio. From the Otto Flückiger Collection.

MILT BUCKNER
Rockin' With Milt

Milton Buckner (org), Danny Turner (as-1, ts-2), Dick Garcia (g), Wendell Marshall (b), Sam Woodyard (d).

N.Y.C., April 17, 1955 (Capitol sessions 5226 and 5227)
20677-6
Movin' with Mitch-2
Capitol T642,
EAP1-642
20678-11 Esquire
Capitol unissued
20679 Easy To Love
Capitol unissued
20680-3 Jeepers Creepers
Capitol unissued
20681-10 But Not For Me
Capitol unissued
20682-5 What’s New
Capitol unissued
20683-5 Robbins’ Nest
Capitol unissued
Capitol T642 from
the collection of Iris Schär

20684-6 Lullaby Of Birdland
Capitol unissued


Date confirmed in Buckner's diaries. Information about the unissued sides from Michael Cuscuna via Arild Widerøe.


Milton Buckner (org), Danny Turner (as-1, ts-2), Dick Garcia (g), Wendell Marshall (b), Sam Woodyard (d). N.Y.C., April 18, 1955 (Capitol sessions 5228)

20685-6 Lean Baby-1
Capitol T642, EAP1-642
20686-4 Easy To Love-1
Capitol T642, EAP3-642
20704-6 Bernie's Tune-1
Capitol T642, EAP2-642, (E) EAP 1000, 37598
20705-6 Rockin' With Milt-2
Capitol T642, EAP2-642, 4M032-85252

Capitol EAP 1000, is a british EP. Capitol 37598 is a CD compilation titled "Ultra Lounge, Vol. 12: Saxophobia". On this CD, "Bernie's Tune" forms one track together with a later version by Curley Hamner. Information about the take numbers from Michael Cuscuna via Arild Widerøe.


Milton Buckner (org), Danny Turner (as-1, ts-2), Dick Garcia (g), Wendell Marshall (b), Sam Woodyard (d). N.Y.C., April 24, 1955 (Capitol sessions 5235 and 5236)

20708-5 Love For Sale
Capitol unissued
20710 Blues For Me-2
Capitol T642, EAP3-642
20711 Little Miss Maudlin-1
Capitol T642, EAP2-642, (E) EAP 1000
20712 Robbin's Nest
Capitol T642, EAP3-642
20713 Slaughter On 125th Street-1 Capitol T642, EAP2-642, (E) EAP 1000
20714 Take The "A" Train Capitol T642, EAP1-642, 4M032-85252


MILT BUCKNER
Rockin' Hammond

Milt Buckner (org, overdubbed p-1), Everett Barksdale, Mickey Baker, poss. Skeeter Best, (g), Milt Hinton (b), Osie Johnson, Shadow Wilson (dr).

N.Y.C., February 23, 1956, 14 – 17 h (Capitol session 5344)
21019-6 Hey Now, Zorina!-1
Capitol F3424
21020-9 Deep Purple
Capitol LPT722, EAP 5-722
21021 Count's Basement-1
Capitol LPT722,4294, 6101, (G) K41304
21022-5 Wild Scene-1
Capitol LPT722, EAP 5-722
Capitol F3424 from the Otto Flückiger Collection


Note: According to the standard discographies, this session was recorded on February 22th, however the entry for this session in Buckner's diaries is placed on february 23rd.The guitarists and drummers are alternating on this and the other sessions for Capitol LPT 722. While the sleeve of this LP only mentions Everett Barksdale and Mickey Baker on guitar, a lot of discographies add Skeeter Best. The source for this information is unknown. Information about the german EP K41304, "Milt Buckner", as well as for the french EP EAP 5-722, "Organ For Whisky-Club by Milt Buckner", from copies in the collection of Dieter Hartmann. Information about the take numbers from Michael Cuscuna via Arild Widerøe.


Milt Buckner (org, overdubbed p-1), Everett Barksdale, Mickey Baker, poss. Skeeter Best, (g), Milt Hinton (b), Osie Johnson, Shadow Wilson (dr).

N.Y.C., February 29, 1956, 14–17 h (Capitol session 5348, supervised by Dave Cavanaugh)

21033 We'll Be Together Again
Capitol LPT722

Capitol EAP 5-722 from
the collection of Dieter Hartmann
21034-9 The Late, Late Show-1
Capitol LPT722, Capitol F3424, Capitol 37597
21035 The Beast-1
Capitol LPT722, Capitol 35177, Milan 35971, EAP 5-722

Date confirmed by Buckner's diaries.Capitol 35177 is a CD compilation titled "Ultra Lounge, Vol. 4: Bachelor Pad Royale", Capitol 37597 is a CD compilation titled "Ultra Lounge, Vol. 11: Organs in Orbit". Milan 35971 is the soundtrack CD to David Lynch's movie "Mulholland Drive". Information about the take numbers from Michael Cuscuna via Arild Widerøe.


Milt Buckner (org, overdubbed p-1), Everett Barksdale, Mickey Baker, poss. Skeeter Best, (g), Milt Hinton (b), Osie Johnson, Shadow Wilson (dr).

N.Y.C., March 12, 1956, 9 – 12 h (Capitol session 5354, supervised by Andrew M. Wisdell)


21053-3 Danny's Tune
unissued
21054-1 Jumpin' At The Woodside-1
Capitol LPT722, (G) K41304
21055-9 Blue And Sentimental
Capitol LPT722
21056-9 Mighty Low
Capitol LPT722, Capitol 4294, Capitol 6101
Capitol LPT722 from
the collection of Armin Büttner



Milt Buckner (org, overdubbed p-1), Everett Barksdale, Mickey Baker, poss. Skeeter Best, (g), Milt Hinton (b), Osie Johnson, Shadow Wilson (dr).

N.Y.C., March 15, 1956, 14 – 17 h (Capitol session 5355, supervised by Andrew M. Wisdell)

21057-3 One O' Clock Jump-1
Capitol LPT722, (G) K41304

Capitol (G) K41304 from
the collection of Dieter Hartmann
21058-4 Blues A La Buckner
Capitol unissued
21059-11 Jumpin' At The Zanzibar-1
Capitol LPT722, EAP 5-722

Capitol (G) K41304 from
the collection of Kees Bakker
21060-5 When You Wish Upon A Star
Capitol LPT722, (G) K41304

Note: Dates confirmed by Buckner's diaries. All tracks from Capitol LPT722 are also on Capitol (F) 2C068.85194. Information about the take numbers from Michael Cuscuna via Arild Widerøe. Information about the EP (G) K41304 from Kees Bakker.


On the road in the mid-fifties (note "Capito(l)" on the car's side . The person on the left side of the picture is not yet identified.
From the Otto Flückiger Collection.

MILT BUCKNER AND HIS MUSIC

Earle Warren (as-1), Sam Taylor (ts-2), Skeeter Best (g), Milt Buckner (org, p), Milt Hinton (b), Osie Johnson (dr).

N.Y.C., September 19, 1956
21225-19 Good Time Express-2
Capitol 3578,
(E) 45-CL 14662
21226-3 Second Section-2
Capitol 3634
21227-8 Night Mist-1
Capitol 3578,
(E) 45-CL 14662
21228-6 Dinner Date-1
Capitol 3634
Capitol (E) 45-CL from the
collection of Armin Büttner

Note:Date not confirmed by Buckner's diaries (to be researched). Information about the take numbers from Michael Cuscuna via Arild Widerøe. Titles above as given on the labels of the original 45 rpm issues, the Capitol files have 21225-15 as "Goodtime Express, part one" and 21226-3 as "Second Section - Goodtime Express, part two".


The source for this clipping is unknown, probably late 1950s.
From the Otto Flückiger collection.

MILT BUCKNER

Milt Buckner (p), probably unidentified b, d.

N.Y.C., March 3, 1957

21443-7 unidentified title
Capitol unreleased
21444-6 unidentified title
--
21445-15 unidentified title
--
21446-7 unidentified title
--


Date confirmed by Buckner's diaries. Information about the matrix numbers for this unreleased session from Michael Cuscuna via Arild Widerøe.


TRUDY RICHARDS


Michael Cuscuna says it's possible that a Trudy Richards session for Capitol on March 5, 1957 (21447 – 21450) might have Buckner playing, he cannot confirm his presence though. There is no recording session mentioned in Buckner's diary for this date.

MILT BUCKNER
Send Me Softly


Earle Warren (as), Milt Buckner (org), prob. Everett Barksdale (g), prob. Milt Hinton (b), prob. Osie Johnson (dr).

N.Y.C., July 24th 1957

21673-6 Lullaby Of The Leaves
Capitol T938
21674-2 Easy Come, Easy Go/Lover
Capitol T938
21675-11 Turquoise
Capitol T938, Capitol 36128
21676-6 Let Me Love You
Capitol T938
21677-8 When Sunny Gets Blue
Capitol T938
Capitol T983 from the
collection of Armin Büttner

21678-5 Our Engagement Day
Capitol T938


Note: although the tune listing on the cover of T938 gives Easy Come Easy Go Lover as the title for 21674, this really is a medley containing Easy Come Easy Go and Lover.


Earle Warren (as), Milt Buckner (org), prob. Everett Barksdale (g), prob. Milt Hinton (b), prob. Osie Johnson (dr).

N.Y.C., July 25th 1957

21679-4 You're My Girl
Capitol T938
21680-4 All Or Nothing At All
Capitol T938
21681-6 Someone Else's Love
Capitol T938
21682-3 Irresistible You
Capitol T938
21683 You Are My Love
Capitol T938
21684-8 Idle Gossip
Capitol T938
21685-3 Our Love
Capitol unissued

Both dates confirmed by Milt Buckner's diaries. The Capitol files give 21683-13 as "Cuernavaca". Is this an alternative title, or was "Cuernavaca" rejected and a completely different tune released with this matrix number? Capitol 36128 is a CD compilation titled "Ultra Lounge, Vol. 6: Rhapsodesia". Information abut the take numbers for these sessions from Michael Cuscuna via Arild Wideroe.

Jimmy Campbell, Milt Buckner and Johnny Cooper probably in Gem's Paradise, N.Y.C., August 2 or August 3 1958. There is a black and white reproduction of this photo in Otto Flückiger's collection that carries the caption "Small's Paradise 1958" (not in Buckner's handwriting). But during the existence of this incarnation of the trio the only "Paradise" the trio played in was Gem's Paradise. Jimmy Campbell became saxophonist of the trio after Buckner had fired Jay Dennis on August 2. Photo From the Otto Flückiger Collection.


Poster for a 1959 show from
the collection of Armin Büttner.


MILT BUCKNER
Mighty High


Jimmy Campbell (as, except-1), Milt Buckner (org), Kenny Burrell (g), Joe Benjamin (b), Maurice Sinclair (dr).

Fine Sound, N.Y.C., December 2, 1959

9906 Burnt Out
Argo LP 660, Barclay (F) 84.112
9907 Syncopated Clock
Argo LP 660
9908 Abstractions
Argo LP 660
9909 Organ Grinder's Swing-1
Argo LP 660, Argo 5356, Barclay (F) 84.112
9910 Two Flights Up
Argo LP 660, Argo 5361, Barclay (F) 84.112
Argo LP 660 from the
collection of Armin Büttner















9911 D.T.'s
Argo LP 660, Barclay (F) 84.112
9912 After Hours
Argo LP 660, Argo 5361, Barclay (F) 84.112
9913 Mighty High-1
Argo LP 660, Argo 5356, Barclay (F) 84.112
9914 Teach Me Tonight
Argo LP 660
9915 Haunting Me
Argo LP 660
9916 Castle Rock
Argo LP 660, Barclay (F) 84.112
9917 Willow Weep For Me
Argo LP 660

Note: Date confirmed by Buckner's diary. All titles also on Musidisc (F)30JA5178 and on Vogue 660554/1/2, a 2CD. set. Argo 5361 and 5356 were 45rpm singles.



Argo LP 670 from the collection of Armin BŁttner.

MILT BUCKNER
Please Mr. Organ Player

Jimmy Campbell (as, except-1), Milt Buckner (org), Reggie Boyd (g), Richard Evans (b), Maurice Sinclair (dr).

Ter-Mar Studios, Chicago, May 26 and 27, 1960

10228 You're Looking Good-1
Argo LP 670, Barclay (F) 84.112
10229 Sermonette
Argo LP 670, Barclay (F) 84.112
10230 Cry Me A River
Argo LP 670
10231 'Round Midnight
Argo LP 670
10232 Blue Prelude
Argo LP 670, Barclay (F) 84.112
10233 Buck 'N' The Blues
Argo LP 670, Barclay (F) 84.112
10234 Long Gone
Argo LP 670, Barclay (F) 84.112
10235 Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying-1
Argo LP 670
10236 Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You
Argo LP 670
10237 This Here
unissued
10238 Please Mr. Organ Player-1
Argo LP 670, Barclay (F) 84.112

Note: Dates confirmed by Buckner's diary. All issued titles also on Musidisc (F)30JA5170 and on (F) Vogue 660554/1/2, a 2CD set.


MILT BUCKNER
Midnight Mood


Milt Buckner (org), Johnny Pate (b), Maurice Sinclair (dr).

Chicago, April 3, 1961

10806 One For My Baby
Argo LP702
10807 Bouncing At Dawn
Argo LP702
10808 I'm Just A Lucky So And So
Argo LP702
10809 I Almost Lost My Mind
Argo LP702
10810 Baby, Baby All The Time
Argo LP702
10811 My Ideal
unissued
10812 A Sunday Kind Of Love
Argo LP702
10813 Love Is The Thing
Argo LP702
10814 There Is No Greater Love
Argo LP702
10815 If I Should Loose You
Argo LP702
10816 Cocktails For Two
Argo LP702
10817 Little White Lies
Argo LP702
Argo LP 702 from the
collection of Armin Büttner



10818 Money Honey
unissued
10819 I've Got The World On A String
Argo LP702

Note: Date usually given as march, but Buckner's diaries. have an entry "Midnight Session" for April 3. All issued titles also on Chess (E) MGAR923 and Musidisc (F)30JA5166 as well as on Vogue 660554/1/2, a 2CD set.

Milt Buckner's Honorary president card from the Jazz Circle Basel, Switzerland.
From the Otto Flückiger Collection.

Ad on the backside of Escort – Greater Cincinnati Entertainment Guide, Nov 21, 1962. From the Otto Flückiger Collection.

Mercury MG 20702 from the collection of Armin Büttner.

BUDDY MORROW
Night Train Goes To Hollywood
Buddy Morrow (tb), Milt Buckner (org), other members of the big band unidentified.
A&R Studios, N.Y.C., February 20 –22, 1962


There's A Boat Dat's Leaving Soon For New York
Mercury MG 20702 / SR 60702

Never On Sunday
Mercury MG 20702 / SR 60702

Molly-O
Mercury MG 20702 / SR 60702

High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling)
Mercury MG 20702 / SR 60702

Mambo from "West Side Story"
Mercury MG 20702 / SR 60702

Ready Teddy
Mercury MG 20702 / SR 60702

Jailhouse Rock
Mercury MG 20702 / SR 60702

Main Theme from Exodus
Mercury MG 20702 / SR 60702

The Rat Race
Mercury MG 20702 / SR 60702

Dragnet
Mercury MG 20702 / SR 60702

Sunset Strip
Mercury MG 20702 / SR 60702

Night Train
Mercury MG 20702 / SR 60702

Milt Buckner's presence on this commercial dance band sessions was not known until I found the following entry in Buckner's diary for 1962 .

Buckner's organ is not very prominent on this LP featuring commercial dance band versions of recent hits from movie scores or TV series. He does not get any solos, but he can be identified on every track. It is not known, which tunes where played on each of the three days.



MILT BUCKNER
The New World Of Milt Buckner
Gene Redd (vib), Milt Buckner (org), Bill Willis (b), Phil Paul (dr).

Cincinnati, November 26, 1962

K11374 Misty
Bethlehem BCP6072
K11375 Why Don't You Do Right
Bethlehem BCP6072, 45-3075
K11376 I Left My Heart In San Francisco
Bethlehem BCP6072, 45-3066
K11377 All Blues
Bethlehem BCP6072, 45-3066
K11378 Take Five
Bethlehem BCP6072
Bethlehem 45-3066 from the
collection of Kees Bakker

Note: Date confirmed by Buckner's diaries. The musical description on the label of 45-3066 reads "Organ-Vibes-Rhythm-Pop-Jazz-Dance-Beat"!

Gene Redd (vib), Milt Buckner (org), Bill Willis (b), Phil Paul (dr).

Cincinnati, March 5, 1963

K11453 Fever
Bethlehem BCP6072, 45-3075, King LP 837
K11454 Kansas City
Bethlehem BCP6072
K11455 Pick Yourself Up
Bethlehem BCP6072
K11456 Moon River
Bethlehem BCP6072
K11457 Fly Me To The Moon
Bethlehem BCP6072, King LP 837

Promotion copy of Bethlehem BCP6072
from the collection of Armin Büttner

Note: Usual sources have march 3rd. But according to his diaries, Buckner went from Chicago to Cincinnato on the 4th and recorded there on the 5th.


APPENDIX:

Sessions with erroneous attributions to Milt Buckner


WILD BILL MOORE

Wild Bill Moore (ts, voc-1?), unidentified (tp), unidentified (bars), unidentified (b), unidentified (dr), Scatman Crothers (voc-1) ensemble vocal-1.

Los Angeles, 1948

MM-1065-1 Dubble Bubble
Modern 20-687, Blue Moon BMCD 6042
MM-1066-2 We're Gonna Rock, We're Gonna Roll
(I Want To Rock 'n Roll)

Ace (E) CDCHD 1022
(take 1) Rock And Roll-1
Ace (E) CDCHD 1071
MM-1066-5 Rock And Roll-1
Modern 20-674, Blue Moon BMCD 6042
MM-1068-1 Bright Light Blues
Modern 20-674, Blue Moon BMCD 6042
MM-1114-2 Primavera
Modern 20-687, Blue Moon BMCD 6042

Up to the 2007 edition of "Blues records" all discographies did not identify any musicians on this session. This remains so in the 2007 edition with the exception of Scat Man Crothers and Milt Buckner. However there is not much in the piano playing implying the presence of Buckner, especially not in the two piano solos (on "Bright Light Blues" and "Primavera").
Blue Moon BMCD 6042, "Wild Bill Moore; Complete Recordings Volume 1" was released 2004. The liner to this CD also attributes the piano to Buckner. This (mis-)information probably comes from the two Ace CDs (to be checked). ACE CDCHD 1022 is called "Mellow Cats 'n' Kittens" Ace CDCHD 1071 is called "Gaz's Rockin' Blues". On the ACE CDs the artists are given as "Wild Bill Moore and Scat Man".


EDDIE VINSON & HIS ORCHESTRA

Rostelle Reese (tp), Cornelius Tate (tp, bass-tp), Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (as, voc), Rudy Williams (ts), Orrington Hall (bars), poss. Milt Larkin (p), Dave Richmond (b), Rudy Nichols (dr).

N.Y.C., May 1950

K5903 Bald Headed Blues (Larkin)
King 4442, LP 668, Gusto LP 5035X
K5904 I Trusted You Baby (But You Double-Crossed Me)
(Mann-Bernard)

King 4426, LP 634, Gusto LP 5035X
K5905 Peas And Rice (Larkin)
King 4414, LP 668, Gusto LP 5035X
K5906 Big Mouth Gal (Bell)
King 4426, LP 668, Gusto LP 5035X

The 1994 edition of "Blues Records 1943-1970" has the above personnel (with Milt Larkin as a definite). The 2007 edition replaces Milt Larkin with Milt Buckner. A listen to all four sides (from the Gusto 2LP) reveals a rather uninspired (if not downright bored) pianist at work. He is tinkling away on all four tracks even playing right into breaks. There is no sign of Buckner's personal mannerisms here. Our guess is that the pianist most probably is Milt Larkin (primarily known as a trumpeter and trombonist). Also note the composer credits on K5903 and K5905. Thanks to Mario Schneeberger for alerting us to the change in personnel in "Blues Records".


Part II (1966-1973)

Part III (1974-1977)