It’s about time we had another Be Bop Wino comp and so here’s a nifty little eighteen track collection of late 1940s’ and early 50’s R&B. There may be a modest number of tracks but I like to think that this collection displays a certain robustness which demands attention. All tracks are sourced from vinyl, mainly from LPs which were on the original Be Bop Wino blog but which have not yet reappeared on the new blog. Some might never reappear so this could be your only chance to grab some of these tracks if you missed them the first time around.
As for the music, as you would expect there’s jump, boogie, honkin’ saxes and blues bawlin’ aplenty, but there’s also a dash of jazz and an outstanding tenor sax ballad performance. This being Be Bop Wino, the tenor sax predominates. Hal Singer, Gene Ammons, Big Jay McNeely and James Von Streeter are the credited saxmen, but let us also pause and give a thought to the tenor players on some of the other tracks: Maxwell Davis appears on the Pete Johnson and Amos Milburn tracks, Red Prysock squares off against the guitar of Tiny Grimes, the Lucky Millinder line-up includes Ike Quebec and Paul Quinichette in the horn section which blows mightily on a familiar riff, the late great Johnny Griffin is on the stomping Joe Morris instrumental “The Applejack”, Johnny Fontenette is the sax blaster in Roy Brown’s Mighty, Mighty Men and Ben Webster turns in a marvellous interpretation of “Stardust” in the Johnny Otis Orchestra’s Mercury recording.
All tracks ripped from vinyl at 320 kbps.
Download from here:
1. Midnight Jump - Hal Singer – Savoy (unreleased), February 1949
2. Rockin' - Bobby Nunn & The Robins – Modern 807, 1951
3. Rocket Boogie "88" Part 1 - Pete Johnson & His Orchestra – Downbeat / SwingTime 169, April 1949
4. Skid Row Boogie - Pete Johnson & His Orchestra – Downbeat / SwingTime 168, April 1949
5. Bye Bye Boogie - Amos Milburn – Aladdin 206, October 1947
6. Blue Roller - Gene Ammons – Prestige 911, February 1955
7. Cadillac Baby - Roy Brown – DeLuxe 3308, April 1950
8. What's Mine Is Mine - The Ray-O-Vacs – Decca 48234, January 1950
9. Stardust - Johnny Otis & His Orchestra – Mercury 8263, December 1951
10. Hot In Harlem - Tiny Grimes – Atlantic 869, May 1948
11. Careless Love - Big Joe Turner –National (unreleased), November 1947
12. The Applejack - Joe Morris – Atlantic 866, September 1948
13. Mumblin' Blues - Jack McVea & His All Stars – Exclusive 270, December 1947
14. Slow Blues - James Von Streeter – Savoy (unreleased), July 1949
15. D'Natural Blues - Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra – Victor 20-3351, January 1949
16. Deceivin' Blues - Johnny Otis & His Orchestra (vocal - Little Esther & Mel Walker) – Savoy 759, June 1950
17. Two Guitar Boogie - Rene Hall – Victor 20/47-5407, March 1953
18. Wild Wig - Big Jay McNeely – Savoy 682, November 1948