Dillon "Curley" Russell (19 March 1917 – 3 July 1986) was an American jazz musician who played bass on many bebop recordings.
A member of the Tadd Dameron Sextet, in his heyday he was in demand for his ability to play at the rapid tempos typical of bebop, and appears on several key recordings of the period. He left the music business in the late 1950s.
On May 1, 1951 Russell played in the recording session for Un Poco Loco, composed by American jazz pianist Bud Powell, with Max Roach on drums. Literary critic Harold Bloom included this performance on his short list of the greatest works of twentieth-century American art.
According to jazz historian Phil Schaap, the classic bebop tune "Donna Lee", a contrafact on "Back Home Again in Indiana", was named after Curley's daughter. In 2002, she donated her father's bass to the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University.
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Birth and Death Data: Born March 19, 1917 (New York City), Died July 3, 1986 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1951
Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||80783||3/30/1951||I won't cry anymore||Georgie Auld ; The Dave Lambert Singers||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||80784||3/30/1951||Man with the horn||Georgie Auld ; The Dave Lambert Singers||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||80785||3/30/1951||Take me||Georgie Auld ; The Dave Lambert Singers||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||80786||3/30/1951||Be still my heart||Georgie Auld ; The Dave Lambert Singers||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||81034||5/18/1951||Summertime||Georgie Auld||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||81035||5/18/1951||My truly, truly fair||Georgie Auld||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||81036||5/18/1951||I'm a sentimental fool||Georgie Auld||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||81037||5/18/1951||Bill||Georgie Auld||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||81186||6/18/1951||Alarm clock boogie||Bill Darnell ; Georgie Auld Orchestra||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||81187||6/18/1951||You blew out the flame||Bill Darnell ; Georgie Auld Orchestra||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||81188||6/18/1951||The Christmas ball||Bill Darnell ; Georgie Auld Orchestra||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||81189||6/18/1951||It ain't snowing outside||Bill Darnell ; Georgie Auld Orchestra||instrumentalist, string bass|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Russell, Curley," accessed May 29, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/341553.
Russell, Curley. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 29, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/341553.
"Russell, Curley." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 29 May 2023.
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LCNAR: Russell, Curley - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n82003123
Wikidata: Curley Russell - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q956634
MusicBrainz: Curley Russell - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/c898870b-b704-4c52-99d5-1899e0d44169
ISNI: 0000 0000 5515 1210 - http://www.isni.org/isni/0000000055151210
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