Roots Of Vouty (1983)
Slim Gaillard

  1. Flat Foot Floogie
  2. Slim’s Jam
  3. I Don’t Know Why
  4. Dizzy Boogie
  5. School Kids Hop
  6. Popity Pop
  7. Chicken Rhythm
  8. Riff City
  9. Mean Mama Blues
  10. Peanut Vendor
  11. Mean Pretty Mama
  12. Santa Monica Jump

1 to 12 issued on LP in 1983 as Putti-Putti PUT 01

Singer, instrumentalist, entertainer and emcee Bulee “Slim” Gaillard (1911-91) rose to prominence in the late 1930s as part of the jazz novelty act Slim & Slam, with bassist Slam Stewart. Throughout the forties and fifties, Gaillard often performed with such notable jazz artists as Dodo Marmarosa, Count Basie, Charlie Parker and Coleman Hawkins.

On this peculiar – and seemingly self-issued – compilation, Gaillard is heard in four groupings: a notable session with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker from 1945 (with Gaillard on guitar), two sessions from 1946 and, strangely, a session from 1974 that allegedly includes Gabor Szabo on guitar.

The two songs from the 1974 session are “I Don’t Know Why” (music by Fred E. Alhert and lyrics by Roy Turk) and “Peanut Vendor” (by Moisés Simons – and made famous by Stan Kenton). Both purport to include Gaillard, on vocals, with accompaniment by Pat Britt on tenor sax, Jack Hogan on congas and Gabor Szabo on guitar.

But nothing at all heard in these recordings reveals or confirms Szabo’s presence here. I am presenting this album as Szabo is listed in the album’s credits. But I am disinclined to say Szabo is in any way a participant here.