Discographer Tom Lord has gathered together a nifty collection of players named Ed Green, Ed Greene, Eddie Greene, Eddie Green as well as those who preferred Edward, of course. There's a brass section, trumpet and trombone, a rhythm section in which a drummer with this name can be plucked from several different decades depending on need and a pianist whose credits also include Philly soul hits. There was an Eddie Green who wrote a hit song in 1918 and another who did the same thing in 2004. To hump back to the beginning of this list, the trumpet player who fronted Eddie Greene's Californians came along during the second World War years and in fact has as little careeer presence outside of that period as Adolf Hitler.
Lord credits Greene with a lordly 17 recording sessions between 1943 and 1946. The best known of these involved five tracks cut for Savoy in early February of 1944. The high powered band with as many as five men in the trumpet section alone was named after Green as mentioned, yet eventual release of most of these tracks involved shifting the credit, or perhaps blame, to someone else. Most notably that was the talented Bobby Sherwood who played guitar and trumpet as well as sung on some of this material. "Hot Pastrami" joins the list of vintage jazz tracks that could concievably be piled up on top of a musical buffet.