The Greatest Blues Shouters 1944-1955

The Greatest Blues Shouters 1944-1955


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The French Fremeaux & Associes label specializes in double-disc blues and jazz compilations that usually consist of wisely chosen musical selections as well as a booklet packed with historical photographs, a detailed discography and informative texts in both French and English. The Greatest Blues Shouters 1944-1955 contains 40 rock-solid performances by 13 men who collectively embodied and personified post-WWII urban blues and what came to be called rhythm & blues. The root system of this music lies very much within the jazz world of the '20s, '30s and '40s. Big Joe Turner and Jimmy Rushing were both products of the legendary music scene in Kansas City; Rushing sang with Bennie Moten and Count Basie, while Turner rose to prominence by collaborating with pianist Pete Johnson. Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson and Eddie Mack achieved their first claims to fame as members of the Cootie Williams orchestra. Wynonie Harris and Jimmy Witherspoon both named Big Joe as a primary influence. Witherspoon replaced Walter Brown as Jay McShann's vocalist and Harris came up with Lionel Hampton, Lucky Millinder and Illinois Jacquet. Sonny Parker is heard with vibraphonist Lionel Hampton and his orchestra as well as Gladys Hampton and her Blue Boys, groups that included guitarist Wes Montgomery, trombonist Al Grey and keyboardist Milt Buckner. Tiny Bradshaw made his first recordings as a leader in 1934; initially a novelty swing performer, Bradshaw was right at the heart of the rhythm & blues movement of the early '50s. So was Louis Jordan, whose likeable vocal style and amazing facility as an alto saxophonist was developed during his tenure with drummer and bandleader Chick Webb. The rest of the shouters featured on this whopping collection typify the full-bodied, often rocking rhythm & blues movement of the late '40s and early '50s. Roy Brown is most often cited as the composer of Wynonie Harris' hit tune, "Good Rockin' Tonight," while H-Bomb Ferguson and Piney Brown each patterned his style after the example of Wynonie Harris. Smiley Lewis has been compared with Big Joe Turner; his "Lowdown" was recorded in his hometown of New Orleans with a smart little sextet featuring trumpeter Dave Bartholomew. All of this great music is guaranteed to improve your circulation and put lead in your pencil.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/20/2007
Label: Fremeaux & Assoc. Fr
UPC: 3561302516622
catalogNumber: 5166

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tiny Bradshaw   Vocals
Roy Brown   Vocals
Floyd Dixon   Piano
Wynonie Harris   Vocals
Bill Doggett   Piano
Benny Bailey   Trumpet
Count Basie   Piano
Milt Buckner   Organ,Piano
Arnett Cobb   Tenor Saxophone
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Grey   Trombone
Lionel Hampton   Vibes
Illinois Jacquet   Tenor Saxophone
Budd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Jo Jones   Drums
Louis Jordan   Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Jay McShann   Piano
Charles Mingus   Bass
Wes Montgomery   Guitar
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Bud Powell   Piano
Jerome Richardson   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Rushing   Vocals
Buddy Tate   Tenor Saxophone
Lucky Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Earl Van Riper   Piano
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Aaron Bell   Bass
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Julian Dash   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Donaldson   Drums
Herbie Fields   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Leonard Gaskin   Bass
Tyree Glenn   Trombone
Russell Jacquet   Trumpet
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Hal Singer   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Wilder   Trumpet
Wild Bill Davis   Piano
Douglas Duke   Piano
Wilbur Harden   Trumpet
Jimmy Neely   Piano
Red Prysock   Tenor Saxophone
Dave Bartholomew   Trumpet
Johnny Jones   Piano
Smiley Lewis   Guitar,Vocals
Sam "The Man" Taylor   Tenor Saxophone
Sammy Price   Piano
Goree Carter   Guitar
Connie Kay   Drums
Gene Ramey   Bass
Walter Page   Bass
Don Abney   Piano
Alex Atkins   Tenor Saxophone
Rector Bailey   Guitar
Vernon Bates   Tenor Saxophone
Emmett Berry   Trumpet
Clifton Best   Guitar
Edgar Blanchard   Guitar
Johnny Board   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Percy Brice   Drums
Joe Bridgewater   Trumpet
J.T. Brown   Tenor Saxophone
Edward Burke   Trombone
Eddie Byrd   Drums
Henderson Chambers   Trombone,Trumpet
Pete Clark   Alto Saxophone
Alfred Cobbs   Trombone
Leon Comegys   Trombone
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Wendell Culley   Trumpet
Pluma Davis   Trombone
Eddie de Verteuill   Baritone Saxophone
Arthur Dennis   Baritone Saxophone
Clarence Donaldson   Drums
Ted Donnelly   Trombone
Charlie Fowlkes   Baritone Saxophone
Frank Galbreath   Trumpet
Duke Garrette   Trumpet
Bill Graham   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Jewell L. Grant   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Ralph Hamilton   Bass,Baritone
Curley Hamner   Drums
Joe Harris   Alto Saxophone
Haywood Henry   Baritone Saxophone
Carl Hogan   Guitar
Robert Horton   Trombone
John Hunt   Trumpet
Aaron Izenhall   Trumpet
Josh Jackson   Tenor Saxophone
Elmore James   Guitar
George Jenkins   Drums
Pat Jenkins   Trumpet
Gus Johnson   Drums
Ray Johnson   Bass
Killian   Trumpet
Joe Knight   Piano
Ransom Knowling   Bass
Ben Kynard   Baritone Saxophone
Leroy Kirkland   Guitar
Ulysses Livingston   Guitar
Curtis Lowe   Tenor Saxophone
Alonzo Buddy Lucas   Alto Saxophone
Clarence Mack   Bass
Billy Mackel   Guitar
Freddie Mitchell   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Morris   Trumpet
Ed Mullens   Trumpet
Milburn Newman   Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
Odie Payne   Drums
Hot Lips Page   Trumpet
Jack Parker   Drums
Andrew Penn   Trombone
Bobby Plater   Alto Saxophone
Benny Powell   Trombone
Jimmy Powell   Alto Saxophone
Rudy Powell   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Carl Pruitt   Bass
Leroy "Batman" Rankins   Baritone Saxophone
Eli Robinson   Trombone
Rudy Rutherford   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Jesse Sailes   Drums
Calvin Shields   Drums
Jimmy Shirley   Guitar
Jesse "Po" Simpkins   Bass
Robert Sims   Drums
Fletcher Smith   Piano
Leemie Stanfield   Bass
Tommy Stevenson   Trumpet
Leonard Heavy Swain   Bass
Louis Taylor   Trombone
Floyd Turnham   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson   Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Greely Walton   Baritone Saxophone
Isidore "Tuts" Washington   Piano
Tiny Webb   Guitar
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Walter Williams   Trumpet
Shadow Wilson   Drums
Jimmy Witherspoon   Vocals
Jimmy Wormick   Trombone
Freddie Zito   Trombone
Wilbur De Paris   Trombone
Big John Greer   Tenor Saxophone
Harold Clark   Tenor Saxophone
Clarence Hall   Tenor Saxophone
Harry Parr Jones   Trumpet
Lee Pope   Tenor Saxophone
Stearns   Trumpet
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Orrington Hall   Alto Saxophone
Solomon Hall   Drums
Herbert Parham   Piano
George Treadwell   Trumpet
Harry Van Walls   Piano
Sonny Parker   Vocals
Bobby Smith   Alto Saxophone
Jesse Jones   Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Norris   Guitar
Jimmy Allen   Tenor Saxophone
Buster Harding   Piano
Lamar Wright   Trumpet
Rodney Richardson   Bass
Frank Domínguez   Alto Saxophone
Johnny Fontenett   Tenor Saxophone
Count Hastings   Tenor Saxophone
Cleve Lyons   Piano
Stumpy Whitlock   Trumpet
Wichard   Drums
Sylvester Payne   Drums
Ernest Tanner   Alto Saxophone
Carl "Flat Top" Wilson   Bass
Ernest Williams   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Joe Murphy   Drums
Lonnie Shaw   Baritone Saxophone
Piney Brown   Vocals
John "Papa John" Joseph   Bass
Frank Powell   Alto Saxophone
Leo Shepard   Trumpet
John Ewing   Trombone
Ike Isaacs Trio   Bass
John Brown   Alto Saxophone
Red Carman   Tenor Saxophone
Leon Cornegys   Trombone
Ed Glover   Trombone
Rip Tarrant   Trombone
Pete Johnson & His Boogie Woogie Boys   Piano
Hal Mitchell   Trumpet
Edward Santineo   Piano
Eddie Mack   Vocals
John Anderson   Trumpet
Joe Turner   Vocals
Paul "Lee" Higaki   Trombone
Roy Hamlin Johnson   Bass
Bobby Johnson   Trumpet
Charlie Harris   Bass
Duke Anderson   Piano
Frank Sleets   Alto Saxophone
Ellis Bartee   Drums
Leslie Ayers   Trumpet
LaVerne Barker   Bass
Billy Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Herman Seale   Drums
Gene Morris   Tenor Saxophone
Chief Justice Earl Warren   Alto Saxophone
Eddie Smith & the Hornets   Guitar
Wesley Jackson   Tenor Saxophone
Willie Scott   Guitar
Eurales Jefferson   Bass
Earl Jackson   Piano
Lester Fauntleroy   Piano
Eddie Lee Foster   Trumpet,Saxophone
Willie Grady   Guitar
Bobby Platter   Alto Saxophone
Ben Richardson   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Robinson   Piano
James Toliver   Piano

Technical Credits

Patrick Frémeaux   Author
Joyce Waterhouse   Adaptation
P. Brown   Composer
Jacques Morgantini   Liner Notes

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