[Dixielandjazz] Re: Lee Castle

Bill Haesler bhaesler@nsw.bigpond.net.au
Sun, 04 Aug 2002 10:21:22 +1000

Dear Jim,
I have the Lee Castle sides on a Harlequin HQ 2003 LP (1983).
I had forgotten it was here! I am playing it now.
There is a reference on the Harlequin LP to it being 'Originally produced by Joe
Davis' with the JD logo reproduced.
The uncredited notes seem to be from the original JD LP, as, in talking about
Bob Wilber (on the 1957 date), they mention that he recorded with Wild Bill
Davidson (sic) "now playing steadily with Eddie Condon's Band in the Village".
According to my LP notes (and files) there were 3 sessions:
22 March 1954. "Stars & Stripes Forever/Alabama Bl/Trombone Jitters/On The Banks
Of The Wabash". 
21 Oct 1954. "Birmingham Special/Dixieland Mambo/Mood In Blue/When The
10 Jan 1957. "Save It Pretty Mama/Feeling Sentimental/My Wild Irish Rose/Fair
Jennie's Lament". 
Further quote from the notes: 'This album featuring Lee Castle, is however, an
attempt also to fill in the picture on the musician who likes and plays the
different forms of modernised Dixie, the man who has grown in the tradition of
swing - from small band to the big band.'
My files show that the 1954 sessions were issued on Jay Dee LP-4 (10").
The 1955 and 1957 sessions were issued on Davis JD-105 and Harlequin HQ 2003
Kind regards,
PS: "Fair Jennie's Lament" is noted as being composed by Irene Higginbotham
(JC's niece).