Label: Rhino Records.
Release Date: October 13, 1992.
Recording Time: 48 minutes.
Release Info: Studio Recording.
Recording Date: April, 1948 - February, 1957.
Styles: Jump Blues, Urban Blues, Chicago Blues, Dixieland, Early R&B, Electric Chicago Blues, Electric Memphis Blues, Electric Texas Blues, Jazz Blues, Piano Blues, Regional Blues, Rock & Roll, Soul, Swing, West Coast Blues.
Jump blues, of course, was crucial to the birth of R&B and rock & roll. More important, the infectious swing, grit, and humor were great in themselves. Jump Blues Classics collects 18 tracks from the golden days of the genre in the late '40s and 1950s. Most of the pioneers of the style are here -- Joe Turner, Wynonie Harris, Roy Brown, Ruth Brown, Roy Milton, Big Jay McNeely, and others, even Louis Prima. The collection includes several cuts that were revived to become rock & roll classics, including "The Train Kept A-Rollin'" (Tiny Bradshaw), "Shake, Rattle, And Roll" (Joe Turner), "Good Rockin' Tonight" (Wynonie Harris), "Hound Dog" (Big Mama Thornton), and the little-known original, pre-Muddy Waters version of "Got My Mojo Working" (Ann Cole). This is, of course, just the surface of a genre that was hugely successful in its time, producing hundreds of memorable recordings. This well-annotated anthology is a good starting point and a good representative sampling for those who only want the cream of the crop in their collection. - Review by Richie Unterberger.
Credits: Head Adams - sax (alto); Johnny Ray Allen - bass; John Anderson - sax (baritone); Tom Archia - sax (tenor); Leslie Ayres - trumpet; Jonathan Bagsby - bass; Vincent Bair-Beyes - sax (alto); Mickey Baker - guitar; Dallas Bartley - bass; Lester bass - trumpet; Ralph bass - producer; Leard Bell - drums; Joe Olvier Blair - piano; Henry Boozier - trumpet; Tiny Bradshaw - composer, performer, primary artist; Jackie Brenston - composer, performer, primary artist, sax (baritone), vocals; Joe Britton - trombone; Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - performer, primary artist; J.T. Brown - sax (tenor); Roy Brown - composer, performer, primary artist; Ruth Brown - composer, performer, primary artist; Sam Butera - trombone; Charles E. Calhoun - composer; Sister Wynona Carr - composer, performer, primary artist; Allen Clark - sax (baritone); Harold Clarke - sax (tenor); Ann Cole - performer, primary artist, vocals; Eddie Curtis - composer; Pluma Davis - trombone; James Dedmon - sax (alto); Rolly Dee - bass; Wilbur De Paris - trombone; Clarence Donaldson - drums; Nathaniel Douglas - guitar; Les Erskine - drums; Ahmet Ertegun - producer; John Ewing - trombone; Charles Ferguson - sax (tenor); Paul Ferrara - drums; Fred Ford - sax (tenor); Preston Foster - composer; Bill Gaither - sax (tenor); Voyle Gilmore - producer; Herbert Gordy - bass; Rufus Gore - sax (tenor); Rudy Green - performer; Irving Greene - piano; Rudy Greene - composer, performer, piano, primary artist, vocals; Wynonie Harris - performer, primary artist; Bill Harvey - sax (tenor); Frank Henry - bass; Ted "Snooky" Holbert - sax (alto), sax (baritone); Camille Howard - piano; Snooky Hulbert - sax (alto), sax (baritone); Bull Moose Jackson - Band; Bull Moose Jackson & His Buffalo Bearcats - performer, primary artist; Elmore James - guitar; Donald Johnson - trumpet; Money Johnson - trumpet; William Johnson - guitar; Johnny Jones - composer, performer, piano, primary artist, vocals; Connie Kay - drums; Howard Kay - composer; Joe Knight - piano; Harold Land - sax (tenor); Harvey Lang - drums; Jerry Leiber - composer; Jimmy Lewis - performer; John Lewis - piano; Pete "guitar" Lewis - guitar; Jimmy Liggins - composer, guitar, performer, primary artist, vocals; Tony Liuzza - bass; Carl Lott - bass; Clarence Mack - bass; Lois Mann - composer; Jack Marshall - guitar; Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall - drums; Willie McCumber, Jr. - piano; Big Jay McNeely - composer, primary artist, sax (tenor); Bob McNeely - sax (baritone); Roy Milton - composer, performer, primary artist; Mitchell - trumpet; Bob Morris - drums; John Nagy - piano; Cliff Noels - sax (alto); Jimmie O'Brien - piano; Odie Payne, Jr. - drums; Johnny Otis - composer, vibraphone; Carl Owens - piano; Hot Lips Page - trumpet; Philip Paul - drums; Andrew Penn - trombone; Leon Petties - drums; Louis Prima - composer, performer, primary artist; Red Prysock - composer, performer, primary artist, sax (tenor); Wayne Raney - composer; Leroy "Batman" Rankins - piano; Purnell Rice - drums; Raymond Ritz - guitar; Bob Roberts - guitar; Jim Robinson - piano; Amato Rodriguez - bass; Johnny Rogers - guitar; Emile Russell - drums; Hosea Sapp - trumpet; Allan Seltzer - guitar; Theodore Shirley - bass; Lou Sineaux - trombone; Hal Singer - sax (tenor); Mike Stoller - composer; William Streetser - drums; The Suburbans - vocals; Sam "The Man" Taylor - sax (tenor); Morgan Thomas - trumpet; Big Mama Thornton - performer, primary artist, vocals; Lloyd Trotman - bass; Big Joe Turner - performer, primary artist; Ike Turner - piano; James Vincent - drums; James Von Streeter - sax (tenor); George Washington - trombone; Eugene Watson - piano; Jerry Wexler - producer; Devonia Williams - piano; Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams - sax (baritone); Glen Willis - trumpet; Carl Wilson - drums; Albert Winston - bass; Clarence Wright - sax (baritone); Lester Young - sax (tenor).
Tracks: 1) Hand Clappin' - Red Prysock; 2) Shake, Rattle & Roll - Joe Turner; 3) Jump, Jive, An' Wail - Louis Prima; 4) Good Rockin' Tonight - Wynonie Harris; 5) Rockin' at Midnight - Roy Brown; 6) Hoy Hoy - Little Johnny Jones; 7) The Train Kept A-Rollin' - Tiny Bradshaw; 8) Juicy Fruit - Rudy Greene; 9) In My Real Gone Rocket - Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats; 10) Cadillac Boogie - Jimmy Liggins; 11) Got My Mo-Jo Working (But It Just Won't Work on You) - Ann Cole; 12) Hop, Skip and Jump - Roy Milton; 13) Deacon's Hop - Big Jay McNeely & Band; 14) Rock My Blues Away - Clarence Brown; 15) Hound Dog - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton; 16) 'Til the Well Runs Dry - Wynona Carr; 17) Why Don't You Haul Off and Love Me - Bullmoose Jackson & His Buffalo Bearcats; 18) Hello Little Boy - Ruth Brown.