1949-1953

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Born in Kansas City around 1930, alto and tenor saxophonist Charlie Singleton went to the same school as Charlie Parker had a few years earlier -- Lincoln High -- and even studied with Bird's music teacher Leo Davis. In 1949, Singleton started making records under his own name in New York City at the precocious age of 19. This exciting Classics Chronological Series compilation, described as "the first reissue in any format of Singleton's R&B legacy," is packed with surprises. The first two tracks -- exceptionally fine blues instrumentals -- originally appeared on the Apollo label, and were followed by a pair of Linwood Sutton vocal selections issued on Star Records. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Born in Kansas City around 1930, alto and tenor saxophonist Charlie Singleton went to the same school as Charlie Parker had a few years earlier -- Lincoln High -- and even studied with Bird's music teacher Leo Davis. In 1949, Singleton started making records under his own name in New York City at the precocious age of 19. This exciting Classics Chronological Series compilation, described as "the first reissue in any format of Singleton's R&B legacy," is packed with surprises. The first two tracks -- exceptionally fine blues instrumentals -- originally appeared on the Apollo label, and were followed by a pair of Linwood Sutton vocal selections issued on Star Records. These are notable for the presence of Jackie McLean on baritone sax and Gildo Mahones at the piano. Singleton made a handful of recordings in 1950: first for the obscure Lee label, then four sides for Saturn Records no apparent relation to Sun Ra's enterprise with a young Lou Donaldson blowing alto and baritone saxes. Two rowdy novelties recorded for Decca in early December 1950 bring several important names into the picture: trumpeter Ray Copeland, tenor saxophonist Lucky Thompson, Eddie Barefield sitting in on baritone, and none other than Herbie Nichols at the piano. The remaining 12 tracks were all originally issued on the Atlas label during the early '50s. Donaldson resurfaces again on a couple of sides from 1952 and as part of an "all-star" group including Buster Cooper, Jesse Drakes, and Charlie Rouse, a lineup that circumstantially links Charlie Singleton with Duke Ellington, Lester Young, and Thelonious Monk. Baritone sax ace Numa "Pee Wee" Moore, soon to become a mainstay in both Dizzy Gillespie's and James Moody's orchestras, makes a brief appearance, as does Jimmy Cobb, percussionist supreme. Like Charlie Parker and so many gifted musicians who came up in Kansas City, Charlie Singleton was a superb blues player. Seven of the 24 tracks feature various gutsy vocalists. These performances are satisfying and fun but the instrumentals are outstanding all-purpose R&B grooves, solid and substantial.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Label: Classics R&B
  • EAN: 3448967512124
  • Catalog Number: 5121

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Keep Cool (2:59)
  2. 2 Later for You (3:02)
  3. 3 Camel Walkin' (2:34)
  4. 4 Hard Times Are Coming (3:07)
  5. 5 Please Don't Leave Me Here to Cry (2:29)
  6. 6 S.O.S. (2:32)
  7. 7 The Late Creeper (2:49)
  8. 8 H-Bomb Boogie (3:07)
  9. 9 Never Trust a Woman (3:16)
  10. 10 Earthquake (2:36)
  11. 11 Elephant Rock (2:26)
  12. 12 Alligator Meat (2:43)
  13. 13 Gone With the Wind (2:25)
  14. 14 Blow Mr. Singleton (2:24)
  15. 15 Cry (3:13)
  16. 16 Swinging Away (2:42)
  17. 17 Lonely Lover Blues (3:03)
  18. 18 Cat's Paw (2:44)
  19. 19 Super Chief (2:50)
  20. 20 Jiving With Dr. Jive (2:29)
  21. 21 Pony Express (2:32)
  22. 22 Broadway Beat (2:39)
  23. 23 Oozing Along (2:54)
  24. 24 The Boardwalk (2:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charlie Singleton Primary Artist
Freddie Jackson Vocals
Herbie Nichols Piano
Charlie Rouse Baritone
Lucky Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Barefield Baritone
Jimmy Neely Piano
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Ray Copeland Trumpet
Earl Alexander Trombone
Buster Cooper Trombone
Lou Donaldson Alto Saxophone, Baritone
Jesse Drakes Trumpet
Sticks Evans Drums
Ted Kelly Trombone
Lawrence Keyes Organ
Morris Lane Tenor Saxophone
Gildo Mahones Piano
Jackie McLean Baritone
Peck Morrison Bass
Roger "Ram" Ramirez Organ
Martin Rivera Bass
Stafford Simon Tenor Saxophone
Big John Greer Tenor Saxophone
Kelly Owens Piano
Kalil Mahdi Drums
Reginald Ashby Piano
Lester Jenkins Drums
Jack Vaughn Vocals
Alison Cotton Bass
Irving Stokes Trumpet
Al King Bass
Technical Credits
Dave Penny Liner Notes
Joe Swift Composer
Charlie Singleton Composer
Churchill Kohlman Composer
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