And here's a belated ending to our round up of NYC tenor sax heroes of R&b and early rock 'n' roll. Freddie's here at last, in the shape of an Official LP compilation of some of his sides for Derby, where his outfit was virtually the house band, plus good stuff for Mercury and a few other labels. When Derby closed down, its masters were sold off and Freddie Mitchell sides turned up on LPs on the "X" subsidiary of RCA and on the Allegro / Royale budget label.
The latter was an imprint of a different RCA - not the well established Radio Corporation, but a budget label outfit called the Record Corporation of America. At least they reissued Freddie's sides under his own name, unlike the Remington / Masterseal / Plymouth budget LPs which released Freddie Mitchell sides under the pseudonym "Hen Gates" which is a saga which featured a few years ago on this blog. Just use the search window!
New download link:
Original post is here:
And here's a reminder of a great Noble "Thin Man" Watts comp that has been re-upped. More NYC tenor sax action:
We now turn our rockin' attention to the West Coast and Big Jay McNeely.
It looks like all rapidshare links are now dead. I've been expecting this but I wish I'd re-uploaded more stuff before it happened. I'll deal with requests for re-ups as and when I can. A request last week drew my attention to the situation and here is the new link for the in-demand LP - The Best of Big Jay McNeely. The download includes new label scans. Full gatefold sleeve is also included. Download from here:
Honk on, children!