A few days ago i got the Classic Chu Berry Columbia And Victor Sessions
from Mosaic records (i also got their Clifford Jordan
box, the bass players on that are Wilbur Ware, Richard Davis, Bill Lee and Sam Jones!), and i found this picture. It's pretty unusual so i thought i'd put it up here. It's an advertisement for the Bassoguitar and the endorser is Israel Crosby, surrounded by some legendary friends. Here's the whole photo -
That's Buster Bailey, Big Sid Catlett, Joe Thomas, Israel, Fletcher Henderson, Joe Lessey and Chu. Here's a closer-in version -
It's a great box set, obviously tons of amazing Chu, along with incredible playing from Roy Eldridge, Teddy Wilson, and Billie Holiday among many others, and Israel and Milt Hinton are all over it.