Blues Masters (Vol. 1) Urban Blues by Various Artists

Label: Rhino Records.
Release Date: November 10, 1992.
Recording Time: 57 minutes.
Release Info: Studio Recording.
Recording Date: June 10, 1940 - March 15, 1966.

Styles: Jazz Blues, Electric Chicago Blues, Electric Texas Blues, Jump Blues, Piano Blues, Regional Blues, Soul-Blues, Swing, West Coast Blues.

While more horn-driven and less guitar reliant than other forms of blues, the urban style nonetheless provides its own spectacular highlights, some of the best of which are right here. The first volume in this 15 volume series features classic performances by Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Dinah Washington, T-Bone Walker, Charles Brown, Joe Turner, and Jimmy Witherspoon. Where the blues meets the jazz and heads uptown for a party. - Review by Cub Koda.

Credits: Harold Ashby - sax (tenor); Paul Bascomb - sax (soprano); Count Basie - performer, piano; Count Basie Orchestra - performer, primary artist; Julien Beasley - sax (alto), sax (baritone); Wayne Bennett - guitar; Leona Blackman - composer; Bobby "Blue" Bland - performer, primary artist; Benny Booker - bass; David Booth - drums; Otis Lee Bradley - drums; Charles Brown - composer, performer, piano, primary artist, vocals; Charles Burbeck - sax (tenor); Choker Campbell - sax (tenor); Ray Charles - piano; Henry Coker - trombone; Pee Wee Crayton - composer, performer, primary artist, vocals; Wendell Culley - trumpet; Julian Dash - sax (tenor); Bill Davis - bass; Maxwell Davis - sax (tenor); Willie Dixon - bass, composer; Paul Drake - piano; Al Duncan - drums; Donald "Duck" Dunn - bass; Leonard Feather - composer; Buddy Floyd - sax (tenor); Gus Fontenette - sax (alto); Frank Foster - sax (tenor); Charlie Fowlkes - sax (baritone); Sonny Freeman - drums; Lowell Fulson - composer, guitar, performer, primary artist, vocals; Roy Gaines - guitar; Philip Gilbeaux - trumpet; Lloyd Glenn - piano; Bill Graham - sax (alto); Porter Grainger - composer; Freddie Green - guitar; Marcellus Green - trumpet; Guitar Slim - composer, performer, primary artist; William K. "Billy" Hadnott - bass; Clay Hammond - composer; Auburn Hare - guitar; Shakey Jake Harris - trumpet; Bill Harvey - sax (tenor); Erskine Hawkins - composer, performer, trumpet; Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra - performer, primary artist; Frank Henry - clarinet, sax (baritone); Les Hite - composer; Big Walter Horton - harmonica; Bill Hughes - trombone; Al Jackson, Jr. - drums; Fred Jackson, Jr. - sax (tenor); Wayne Jackson - trumpet; Candy Johnson - drums; David Lee Johnson - piano; William Johnson - sax (alto); Booker T. Jones - piano; Ed Jones - bass, guitar, vocals; Eddie Jones - performer; Reunald Jones - trumpet; Thad Jones - trumpet; Albert King - guitar, performer, primary artist, vocals; Lloyd Lambert - bass; Lafayette Leake - piano; Pete "Guitar" Lewis - guitar; Little Esther - performer, primary artist, vocals; Sam Lowe - trumpet; Redd Lyte - vocals; William McLenore - guitar; Pete McShann - drums; Memphis Slim - composer; Frank Mitchell - trumpet; Jimmy Mitchelle - sax (alto); Billy Moore - composer; Oscar Moore - drums; Phatz Morris - trombone; James Morrison - drums; Joe Newman - trumpet; Bobby Nicholson - bass; Ahmet Nugetre - composer; Johnny Otis - composer, performer, Vibraphone; Johnny Otis Quintette - performer, primary artist; Junior Parker - performer, primary artist; Avery Parrish - composer, piano; Sonny Payne - drums; Benny Powell - trombone; Forest Powell - trumpet; Robert Range - trombone; Everett Robbins - composer; Don Robey - composer; The Robins - performer, primary artist, vocals; Jessie Mae Robinson - composer; Marshall Royal - clarinet, sax (alto); Otis Rush - guitar, performer, primary artist, vocals; Ray Shanklin - leader; Edward Sims - trombone; Frank Sleet - sax (alto); Louis Speiginer - guitar; Lennie Stanfield - bass; Teddy Stewart - orchestra; Roosevelt Sykes - composer; Jules Taub - composer; Little Johnny Taylor - performer, primary artist; Charles Thomas - sax (tenor); Joe Tillman - sax (tenor); Big Joe Turner - performer, primary artist; Harry Van Walls - composer; Joe Veasey - composer; Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson - composer, performer, primary artist; James Von Streeter - sax (tenor); T-Bone Walker - guitar, performer, primary artist, vocals; Van "Piano Man" Walls - piano; Dinah Washington - performer, primary artist; Lucius Washington - sax (baritone); Frank Wess - Flute, sax (tenor); Frankie White - piano; Devonia Williams - piano; Eddie Williams - bass; Joe Williams - composer, performer; Chuck Willis - composer, performer, primary artist; Jimmy Witherspoon - performer, primary artist.

Tracks: 1) After Hours - Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra; 2) Kidney Stew Blues - Eddie Vinson; 3) Ain't Nobody's Business - Jimmy Witherspoon; 4) Baby Get Lost - Dinah Washington; 5) Double Crossing Blues - Johnny Otis Quintette ( With The Robins & Little Esther); 6) Blues After Hours - Pee Wee Crayton; 7) Black Night - Charles Brown; 8) Chains of Love - Joe Turner; 9) The Things That I Used to Do - Guitar Slim; 10) I Feel So Bad - Chuck Willis; 11) Reconsider Baby - Lowell Fulson; 12) Every Day I Have the Blues - Count Basie And His Orchestra (Vocal by Joe Williams); 13) Farther up the Road - Bobby "Blue" Bland; 14) I Can't Quit You Baby - Otis Rush; 15) T-Bone Blues - T-Bone Walker; 16) Driving Wheel - Junior Parker; 17) Part Time Love - Little Johnny Taylor; 18) Laundromat Blues - Albert King.