01. I Don't Want To Play In The Kitchen
02. Tab Steps Out
03. All Night Long
04. Roebie's Blues
05. Riffin' The Bass
06. Granny Dodging At The Savoy
07. You Lovely You
08. Rosa Lee
01. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
02. Fat Mouth Blues
03. Darling, You're All I Need
04. Jumpin' At The Track
05. Morning Blues
06. Echo Blues
07. Feel Like I Wanna Die
08. Boogie Joogie
Re-up of an LP first posted on the 29th November, 2008. New front and back cover scans plus label scans are included in the new download.
Original post is here:
Alto sax player Tab Smith was born in North Carolina in 1909. His professional career started with The Carolina Stompers in 1927-29, followed by spells with Ike Dixon, Eddie Johnson's Crackerjacks, Fate Marable, the Lucky Millinder led Mills Blue Rhythm Band, and Frankie Newton.
At the beginning of the 1940s he joined Count Basie and began a spell of band hopping among orks led by Teddy Wilson, Lucky Millinder and Eddie Durham. There was a return to Basie and then a second spell with Lucky Millinder from 1942-44. He left Millinder to form his own small jump band, taking vocalist Trevor Bacon and other Millinder band members with him.
The band started recording for small New York labels in May 1944, which is where this LP starts. Many of the sides he recorded in the mid '40s for labels such as Manor, Regis, Hub and Harlem were later picked up for re-release by King.
Tab's band consciously chose the "play it pretty for the people" route pioneered by Louis Jordan's Tympany Five, recording a mix of jumps, blues, boogies and ballads. In 1951 Tab started recording for United Records in Chicago at a time when his music career was taking a back seat to his business interests. His first release, "Because Of You", was such a success that he continued to record for United until 1957.
In 1958-59 he recorded for Checker with many of the sides being released on the LP "Keeping Tab."
His last sessions as leader were on King in April and August 1960.
The following original release details of the tracks from "I Don't Want To Play In The Kitchen" should be read in conjunction with the session details on the back cover of the LP. Please note that the LP information is probably wrong about the chronological order of sessions (e) and (f). Session (e) was in November 1945, and session (f) was in September 1945. See below for further info.
Original release details:
NYC May 10th 1944 session. This was Tab's first "name" session. All personnel were ex- Lucky Millinder except drummer Walter Johnson:
You Lovely You - Decca 8661 (b/w "I'll Live True To You")
All Night Long - Coral 60042 (b/w "Sorry About The Whole Affair")
NYC November 1944 session:
Rosa Lee - Manor 1010 (b/w "I Was Wrong")
Chicago February 1945 session:
Tab Steps Out - Regis 7000 (b/w "The Things You Are")
Los Angeles August 1945 session:
Granny Dodging At The Savoy - 20th Century 20-45 (b/w "So This Must Be Love" credited to Robie Kirk with Tab Smith and His Orchestra)
Roebie's Blues / I Don't Want To Play In The Kitchen - Harlem 1022, 1024 and Queen 4180, credited to Roebie Kirk with Tab Smith & His Orchestra. Masters from this session were purchased by King.
NYC September (?) 1945 session (f in sleevenotes):
Jumpin' At The Track / Morning Blues - Southern 125, later as Queen /King 4135
NYC November 1945 session (e in sleevenotes):
Darling You're All I Need / On The Sunny Side Of The Street - Hub 3000 (On The Sunny Side Of The Street later released on King 4546 b/w "Tab's Purple Heart" )
Riffin' The Bass / Fat Mouth Blues - Hub 3009 (Riffin' The Bass later released on King EP 345)
NYC February 15th 1949 session:
Echo Blues - Atlantic 961 b/w "Moon Dream."
Chicago October 24th 1951 session:
Boogie Joogie - United 108 b/w "Hands Across The Table."
Chicago April 10th 1956 session:
I Feel Like I Wanna Die - United 203 b/w "Yo Yo Blues."
Delmark DD-447. 20 United tracks in perfect sound quality. Includes his biggest hit "Because Of You."