Cool Blues, Jumps & Shuffles

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The accurately titled Cool Blues, Jumps & Shuffles is a good overview of Saunders King's career containing 25 tracks from 1942-1954, though it's slightly flawed in that it draws exclusively from his Rhythm and Modern recordings. Those do comprise the bulk of his sessions, but this doesn't include anything from the sides he cut for a few other companies. Still, it does have both parts of his 1942 hit "S.K. Blues," as well as his pair of 1949 R&B hits, "Empty Bedroom Blues" and "Stay Gone Blues." As a whole, the disc shows King to be an underrated, somewhat forgotten period in swing jazz's crossover to the jump blues and guitar R&B that got into vogue just ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The accurately titled Cool Blues, Jumps & Shuffles is a good overview of Saunders King's career containing 25 tracks from 1942-1954, though it's slightly flawed in that it draws exclusively from his Rhythm and Modern recordings. Those do comprise the bulk of his sessions, but this doesn't include anything from the sides he cut for a few other companies. Still, it does have both parts of his 1942 hit "S.K. Blues," as well as his pair of 1949 R&B hits, "Empty Bedroom Blues" and "Stay Gone Blues." As a whole, the disc shows King to be an underrated, somewhat forgotten period in swing jazz's crossover to the jump blues and guitar R&B that got into vogue just after World War II. There's less of his Charlie Christian-like electric guitar though he was bluesier than Christian than you might expect. Indeed, most of the solos are taken by horns rather than the guitar, and "Swingin'" gets closer to bop jazz than R&B or blues. Too, much of the material largely written by King himself stuck to similar basic blues chord progressions on mid-tempo numbers and ballads. He was nonetheless a pleasing, smooth blues-jazz vocalist, fronting groups of solid players, though one wishes he got to stretch out more as a guitar soloist, as he does on "SK Jumps Pt. 2."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2002
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667186520
  • Catalog Number: 865

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Saunders King Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Eddie Taylor Tenor Saxophone
Joey Holder Bass
Sammy Deane Trumpet
Technical Credits
Lionel Delmore Composer
Saunders King Arranger
Opal Nations Liner Notes
Per Notini Liner Notes
Ray Topping Liner Notes
Gary White Composer
Jon Broven Liner Notes
Carlos Santana Liner Notes
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Victor Pearlin Label Design
Frederick Edward Weatherly Composer
John David Anderson Composer
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