The pianist known as Sunny Russo began her career in the early '30s as Sunny Russin, providing the important link to the musically talented Russin family. Sister Sunny will of course be overshadowed by brother Babe in any discussion of this clan. Without the latter tenor saxophonist and clarinetist, known professionally as Babe Russin, the combined weight of discographical credits in existence would be somewhat lighter, providing of course that nobody was called upon to replace him on any of these countless gigs.
Claims involving another brother, named Jack Russin and also a pianist, bring the discussion back down to the level of ordinary humans. As for the sister, she was thought to be missing entirely from the realm of recorded documentation until a series of big-band transcriptions emerged, thereby providing a taste of her rhythm-section capabilities well after the fact. Recordings featuring the Tommy Dorsey group in the late '40s are part of this new Sunny Russo stash, superbly remastered by the reliable John R.T. Davies and pressed on the cool Hep label. The presence of Babe Russin in the Dorsey band brings to mind the famous slogan of author George Orwell, as if he was any kind of expert on the big-band scene: Big Brother Is Watching You.