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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
During 1951-57, Tab Smith recorded extensively for the United label, and although he was initially popular due to the hit record "Because of You", nearly half of the 90 titles he cut went unissued. Delmark in their Tab Smith CD series plans to eventually come out with all of the performances. Their second Tab Smith release has 20 selections, including five songs being released for the first time. Smith, a former swing stylist who was best known in the R&B market during the 1950s, was not a honker like many others in the genre, and his mixture of relatively gentle stomps and ballads is appealing. The distinctive altoist who takes four vocals is often joined by Sonny Cohn...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
During 1951-57, Tab Smith recorded extensively for the United label, and although he was initially popular due to the hit record "Because of You", nearly half of the 90 titles he cut went unissued. Delmark in their Tab Smith CD series plans to eventually come out with all of the performances. Their second Tab Smith release has 20 selections, including five songs being released for the first time. Smith, a former swing stylist who was best known in the R&B market during the 1950s, was not a honker like many others in the genre, and his mixture of relatively gentle stomps and ballads is appealing. The distinctive altoist who takes four vocals is often joined by Sonny Cohn mistakenly listed as "Sammy Cohn" or Irving Woods on trumpet and Leon Washington or Charlie Wright on tenor, along with a rocking rhythm section, on four complete sessions from 1952-53. Fun if not essential music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/1993
  • Label: Delmark
  • UPC: 038153045524
  • Catalog Number: 455
  • Sales rank: 162,241

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Cottage for Sale (2:27)
  2. 2 On the Sunny Side of the Street (2:40)
  3. 3 'Tis Autumn (2:53)
  4. 4 Teddy's Brannin' (2:44)
  5. 5 Strange (2:58)
  6. 6 These Foolish Things (2:45)
  7. 7 Ace High (2:28)
  8. 8 Auf Wiederseh'n (2:41)
  9. 9 Cuban Boogie (2:23)
  10. 10 My Mother's Eyes (3:11)
  11. 11 I've Had the Blues All Day (2:40)
  12. 12 You Belong to Me (2:48)
  13. 13 Red, Hot and Blue (2:34)
  14. 14 A Bit of Blues (2:56)
  15. 15 Pennies from Heaven (2:49)
  16. 16 Seven Up (2:51)
  17. 17 I Live True to You (3:05)
  18. 18 Cherry (2:49)
  19. 19 My Baby (2:46)
  20. 20 Closin' Time (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tab Smith Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Louis Blackwell Vocals
Teddy Brannon Piano
Sammy Cahn Trumpet
Lavern Dillon Piano
Walter Johnson Drums
Wilfred Middlebrooks Bass
Leon Washington Tenor Saxophone
Irving Woods Trumpet
Charlie Wright Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Tab Smith Composer
Leonard Allen Producer
Robert G. Koester Producer
Bill Putnam Engineer
Lewis Simpkins Producer
Harry Link Composer
Jack Strachey Composer
L. Wolfe Gilbert Composer
Holt Marvell Composer
Abel Baer Composer
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