Blues Around the Clock

Blues Around the Clock

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Founded by the late impresario/producer Norman Granz, Pablo is a jazz label first and foremost. Nonetheless, Pablo has successfully dabbled in blues on occasion, and this compilation (which was assembled in 2002 and spans 1969-1985) takes a look at some of the company's blues output. Not surprisingly, Blues Around the Clock is, for the most part, a CD of very

Overview

Founded by the late impresario/producer Norman Granz, Pablo is a jazz label first and foremost. Nonetheless, Pablo has successfully dabbled in blues on occasion, and this compilation (which was assembled in 2002 and spans 1969-1985) takes a look at some of the company's blues output. Not surprisingly, Blues Around the Clock is, for the most part, a CD of very jazz-minded blues. Jazz, after all, was Granz's main focus -- and more often than not, Blues Around the Clock underscores his obsession with improvised music. The disc's least jazz-minded artist is Muddy Waters, who is in good form on live performances of "Got My Mojo Workin'," "Rollin' 'n' Tumblin'," and Robert Johnson's "Walkin' Blues" (all of which were recorded in Paris in 1972). One of the masters of electric Chicago blues, Waters had a tough, rugged spirit that rock fans adored -- his classic Chess releases of the late '40s and early '50s helped pave the way for rock & roll, and he influenced everyone from Led Zeppelin to Ten Years After. But if Waters was a bluesman with an abundance of rock appeal, the other artists on this disc -- who include Big Joe Turner, Jimmy Witherspoon, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, and T-Bone Walker -- were bluesmen that the jazz world could relate to. It is impossible to miss the strong jazz influence that Turner brings to Willie Bryant's "Blues Around the Clock," or the sense of improvisation that Witherspoon displays on Jimmy Reed's "Baby, What You Want Me to Do." And the list of players reads like a who's who of instrumental jazz; Count Basie, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, and Zoot Sims are among the many jazz heavyweights on board. Blues Around the Clock is a pleasing, thoughtfully assembled compilation that both blues and jazz enthusiasts need to be aware of.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/01/2002
Label:
Pablo
UPC:
0025218097321
catalogNumber:
2310973

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Myers   Guitar
Count Basie   Piano
Louie Bellson   Drums
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Grey   Trombone
Red Holloway   Alto Saxophone
Pete Minger   Trumpet
Grover Mitchell   Trombone
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Irving Ashby   Guitar
Dave Stahl   Trumpet
Cleveland Eaton   Bass
T-Bone Walker   Guitar,Vocals
Bob Cranshaw   Bass
Calvin "Fuzz" Jones   Bass
Gary Bell   Guitar
Ray Brown   Bass
George "Mojo" Buford   Harmonica
Dale Carley   Trumpet
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Sonny Cohn   Trumpet
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Eric Dixon   Saxophone
Duncan   Drums
Thomas Gadson   Guitar
Kenny Hing   Saxophone
Bill Hughes   Trombone
Duffy Jackson   Drums
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Jerry Jumonville   Baritone Saxophone
Muddy Waters   Guitar,Vocals
Earl Palmer   Drums
Bobby Plater   Saxophone
Jimmy Robins   Organ
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith   Drums
Danny Turner   Saxophone
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson   Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Ike Williams   Trumpet
Dennis Wilson   Trombone
Jimmy Witherspoon   Vocals
Michael Booty Wood   Trombone
Dennis Rowland   Vocals
Bobby Blevins   Keyboards
Lee Allen & His Band   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Rudy Brown   Bass
Joe Turner & His Blues Kings   Vocals

Technical Credits

Angel Balestier   Engineer
Norman Granz   Producer
Arne Frager   Engineer
Ed Greene   Engineer
Dennis Sands   Engineer
Rafael O. Valentin   Engineer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Willard Jenkins   Liner Notes
Eric Miller   Producer

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