A Scattered History of the Blues Vol. 7: Rhythm and Blues

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Volume 7 of this series is focused on some early R&B by some of the big names of the era.  Most of these cuts reside in the ‘jump blues’ style that was popular in the 1940s.

 

Unknown-4Jump Blues refers to an uptempo, jazz-tinged style of blues that first came to prominence in the mid- to late ’40s. Usually featuring a vocalist in front of a large, horn-driven orchestra or medium sized combo with multiple horns, the style is earmarked by a driving rhythm, intensely shouted vocals, and honking tenor saxophone solos — all of those very elements a precursor to rock & roll. The lyrics are almost always celebratory in nature, full of braggadocio and swagger. With less reliance on guitar work (the instrument usually being confined to rhythm section status) than other styles, jump blues was the bridge between the older styles of blues — primarily those in a small band context — and the big band jazz sound of the 1940s. (AMG)

 

Track Listing:

01 Good Rockin’ To Night – 1947 [Roy Brown]

02 The Dirty Dozen – 1940 [Sammy Price]

03 The Fat Man – 1949 [Fats Domino]

04 Shake It Break It – 1949 [Big Joe Turner]

05 It Can Never Be That Way – 1949 [Gatemouth Brown]

06 Cornbread – 1948 [Hal Singer]

07 Milton’s Boogie – 1945 [Roy Milton]

08 Caldonia – 1945 [Louis Jordan]

09 The Honeydripper – 1945 [Joe Liggins]

10 Cherry Red Blues – 1944 [Eddy Vison]

11 Harlem Nocturne – 1945 [Johnny Otis]

12 That’s The Stuff You Gotta Watch – 1944 [Ella and Buddy Johnson]

13 He’s A Real Gone Guy – 1947 [Nellie Lutcher]

14 Teardrops From My Eyes – 1950 [Ruth Brown]

15 No Rollin’ Blues – 1949 [Jimmy Witherspoon]

16 Driftin’ Blues – 1949 [Charles Brown]

17 Route 66 – 1946 [Nat King Cole]

18 Here Comes The Blues – 1945 [Wynonie Harris]

20 Your Hands Ain’t Clean – 1947 [Paul Gayten]

21 Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee – 1947 [Sticks McGhee]

23 Luedella – 1950 [Jimmie Rogers]

24 Late, In The Evening – 1950 [Ray Charles]

25 Signifying Monkey – 1949 [Wille Dixon]

 

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