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Various Artists Collections - Post War Jump Blues


VARIOUS ARTISTS Collectables 5314 Big Band Blues ● CD $11.98
CD issue of Krazy Kat 814. 14 tunes from the Gotham vaults recorded in the early 50's. Mostly Jimmy Rushing and Ernie Fields, with a cut by J.B. Summers and 3 by Tiny Tim (no, not that one!). Rushing does Lotsa Poppa/ Fool's Blues plus 3.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Collectables 5308 Brown Gal ● CD $11.98
CD issue of Krazy Kat 808. This volume of Gotham masters features female boogie pianists. The first 6 tracks feature Miltone recordings from 1946 by Roy Milton & His Solid Senders with Camille Howard on piano and a few vocals. The credits are as originally issued, so Camille's name is only on the When I Grow Too Old To Dream/ Sometimes I'm Happy coupling, though Roy sings the 1st and Jimmy Grissom the 2nd one. Also includes Milton's re-recordings of RM Blues & Milton's Boogie , plus Camille's own vocals on Mr. Fine/ Groovy Blues/ If I Had You . Lil Hardin Armstrong, Louis's wife and pianist during the 20s, is heard on fine R & B sides from 1950 with unknown backing featuring a fine bluesy guitar. The title tune was later a hit for The Jive Bombers as Bad Boy , plus this inc. previously unissued takes of Baby Daddy & Rock It . Finally there's 2 fine boogie instrumentals from Donnegan. (GM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Delmark 684 Don't You Feel My Leg ● CD $14.98
18 tracks, 50 mins, recommended This CD features the Appollo label's female blues singers. Blu Lu Barker is the star with nine cuts credited to her while we also get to hear Wea Bea Booze and Baby Dee. Barker's songs were recorded in 1946 with the Danny Barker Sextette (Danny is a great jazz guitarist and Blu Lu's husband) and they have a sophisticated swing to them. Wea Bea and Baby Dee are slightly more raucous, but this release exemplifies the transition from the large bands and dance music of the early 40's to the smaller more rockin' music that was on the horizon. (RS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Flyright 49 Let's Ball Tonight ● CD $16.98
Despite its title, this CD is not another collection of double entendres, although Why Don't You Eat It does fit rather snugly into that pigeonhole. Instead, this set contains assorted late 40's/ early 50's R&B from the Gotham label. The cuts are of varying quality and style, reflecting the transitional period when post-war R&B moved away from the big band sound. Half are previously unreleased, including The Jones Boys' Night Train, Lavoyde Nixon's Brewster St. and 3 by the talented and obscure Rhythm Rockers, among others. Well knowns like Tiny Grimes and Earl Bostic show up too. Surprisingly good, considering these songs are taken from the bottom of Gotham's well, though uneven is also a fair description. 23 tracks. (JC)


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