[Dixielandjazz] Making Runs

D and R Hardie darnhard at ozemail.com.au
Wed Mar 17 09:50:55 PST 2004

Dear Bill,
                 Thanks to your own generosity I first  encountered this 
  Bolden tune whistled by Bunk in the interview you mention.  (American 
Music 10" LP 64). He said he didn't know its name. Humphrey Lyttleton 
recorded it as Bunk Remembers on his Calligraph LP.  It also appeared 
played by  Wynton Marsalis in the Bolden segment of Ken Burns TV 
documentary and an excerpt from a version by Chris Tyle's  Silver Leaf 
Jazz Band was also played on the sound track.  Hal Smith advised that 
the excerpt was from a Stomp Off recording where it was called Makin 
Runs. To the best of my knowledge that was the first time it appeared 
with that title. I believe this was an allusion to Bunk's interview 
where he said Bolden's Band  didn't play solos but called them runs.
  I have heard Ashley's recording and he kindly supplied the chords. You 
may already have acquired recent The Gota River Jazzmen CD "I Thought I 
heard Buddy Bolden Play"on which they also play the piece under the 
title Makin Runs. Ingemar Wagerman did the research for that and he has 
offered me a copy of the lead sheet.

thanks again
Dan Hardie
On Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at 08:25  PM, Bill Haesler wrote:

> Dear Dan,
> Phil O'Rourke and Glen Page have advised me that "Making Runs" was a 
> Buddy
> Bolden tune and whistled to Bill Russell by Bunk.
> Phil also advised that the Melbourne (Australia) band The Louisiana 
> Shakers
> (run by me mate Ashley Keating) recorded it.
> Glen thinks Doc Evans also recorded it.
> Aha! All I needed was a reminder.
> 8>)
> OK then. The Bunk whistling version was on American Music 10" LP 643 
> and I
> have it on LP (Dan 4020). It was recorded in New Orleans on 13 June 
> 1942 and
> is described in 'Bill Russell's American Music' on page 1. (Jazzology 
> Press
> 1993). It was untitled, but referred to a "make up" tune. Just "making 
> runs"
> as Bunk says.
> Bunk recorded it again 4 times on 7 May 1943 in San Francisco as part 
> of a
> Bolden medley of "Pallet On The Floor". This is also on the AM and Dan 
> LPs.
> The Louisiana Shakers CD is titled 'Making Runs' and their version of 
> the
> tune opens the CD and is 6 min 33 sec long. I have this too, but 
> forgot.
> (Sorry Ashley!)
> I can't find a Doc Evans' version using this title.
> Very kind regards,
> Bill.
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