Cat Meets Chick/The Jazz Odyssey of James Rushing, Esq.

Cat Meets Chick/The Jazz Odyssey of James Rushing, Esq.

by Jimmy Rushing
     
 
Jimmy Rushing's first two Columbia Records albums, recorded in 1955 and 1956 and originally released in 1956 and 1957, both have concepts behind them. Cat Meets Chick is actually co-billed to Ada Moore (who had just made her Broadway debut in House of Flowers) and trumpeter Buck Clayton, and it is "a story in jazz", the story being Rushing and Clayton's

Overview

Jimmy Rushing's first two Columbia Records albums, recorded in 1955 and 1956 and originally released in 1956 and 1957, both have concepts behind them. Cat Meets Chick is actually co-billed to Ada Moore (who had just made her Broadway debut in House of Flowers) and trumpeter Buck Clayton, and it is "a story in jazz", the story being Rushing and Clayton's attempts to woo Moore in song. The plot is silly, but it's just an excuse to have Rushing, sometimes joined by the pleasant alto of Moore, fronting Clayton's Count Basie-style orchestra on some old favorites. The Jazz Odyssey of James Rushing, Esq. traces the development of jazz through four cities, each of which is represented by three songs: New Orleans, Kansas City, Chicago, and New York. Again, the concept is little more than a framing device, but producer Irving Townsend, using different musicians for each mini-set, does get the feel of jazz in each locale. Rushing, in his early fifties, may not have the voice he did when he was with Basie, but his performances are spirited and his first-ever piano accompaniment on his own "Tricks Ain't Walkin' No More" is a delight. The backup musicians, many of whom get solos, are a who's who of jazz greats, including Billy Butterfield, Urbie Green, Milt Hinton, Hank Jones, Jo Jones, Walter Page, and Zutty Singleton. With that kind of lineup, presenting the history of jazz (especially as it might sound played by Basie) isn't hard. These albums were long overdue for reissue, and putting them together on a discount-priced two-fer makes the release especially appealing.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/2002
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431749623
catalogNumber:
7496
Rank:
151383

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home
  2. Pretty Little Baby
  3. I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling
  4. If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)
  5. Ain't She Sweet
  6. Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home
  7. You're My Thrill
  8. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  9. Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You
  10. Cool Breeze, Woman
  11. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  12. The Blues
  13. Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home/After You've Gone
  14. New Orleans
  15. Tricks Ain't Walkin' No More
  16. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
  17. Piney Brown Blues
  18. 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
  19. I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town
  20. Careless Love
  21. Doctor Blues
  22. Rosetta
  23. Lullaby of Broadway
  24. Old Fashioned Love
  25. Some of These Days

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Rushing   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Urbie Green   Trombone
Budd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Hank Jones   Piano
Jo Jones   Drums
Ada Moore   Vocals
Eddie Barefield   Saxophone
Aaron Bell   Bass
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Tony Parenti   Clarinet
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Zutty Singleton   Drums
Ken Kersey   Piano
Charles Thompson   Piano
Skeeter Best   Guitar
Walter Page   Bass
Danny Banks   Baritone Saxophone
Emmett Berry   Trumpet
Vic Dickenson   Trombone
Milt Hinton   Bass
Hilton Jefferson   Alto Saxophone
Steve Jordan   Guitar
Dave McRae   Baritone Saxophone
Rudy Powell   Alto Saxophone
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Buddy Tate & the Muse All Stars   Tenor Saxophone
Ed Lewis   Trumpet
Willard Brown   Saxophone
Cliff Jackson & His Crazy Cats   Piano

Technical Credits

Buck Clayton   Arranger
Irving Townsend   Producer,Liner Notes

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