Honkers & Bar Walkers, Vol. 3

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Before Jimmy Smith reinvented the organ -- before the explosion of soul-jazz in the late '50s and early '60s -- there were the honkers: big-toned, extroverted, hard-blowing swing/R&B tenor men who believed that instrumental jazz had a right to groove. It is no coincidence that Willis "Gator" Jackson, Wild Bill Moore, Jimmy Forrest, Arnett Cobb, and other honkers of the late '40s and early '50s went on to play soul-jazz in the '60s; honker music, like soul-jazz, swung relentlessly and did so in a very accessible, straightforward, groove-oriented fashion. Assembled in 2002, Honkers & Bar Walkers, Vol. 3 picks up where its two predecessors left off and spotlights ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Before Jimmy Smith reinvented the organ -- before the explosion of soul-jazz in the late '50s and early '60s -- there were the honkers: big-toned, extroverted, hard-blowing swing/R&B tenor men who believed that instrumental jazz had a right to groove. It is no coincidence that Willis "Gator" Jackson, Wild Bill Moore, Jimmy Forrest, Arnett Cobb, and other honkers of the late '40s and early '50s went on to play soul-jazz in the '60s; honker music, like soul-jazz, swung relentlessly and did so in a very accessible, straightforward, groove-oriented fashion. Assembled in 2002, Honkers & Bar Walkers, Vol. 3 picks up where its two predecessors left off and spotlights some more recordings from the honker era. Not all of the 22 tracks on this compilation are instrumentals; several are examples of vocal-oriented jump blues. Nonetheless, swing-based instrumentals dominate this 64-minute CD, and ultimately, the spotlight belongs to tenor sax honkers like Eddie Chamblee, Jim Conley, and the abovementioned Wild Bill Moore. Spanning 1949-1954, these recordings came at a time when Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, and other bebop heavyweights were pointing jazz in a more intellectual, less groove-oriented direction. But the honkers didn't want to be abstract and ultra-complex; their roots were Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Jimmie Lunceford, and Louis Jordan, and they didn't believe that jazz was strictly for intellectuals in Sweden. Honkers valued accessibility, which is why instrumentals like Conley's "The Cat Creeps," Moore's "Dynaflow," and Chamblee's arrangement of Duke Ellington's "Caravan" are as straightforward and uncomplicated as they are. Honkers -- like Basie, Lunceford, and Hampton back in the '30s -- saw no reason why instrumental jazz couldn't be party music. Those who admired Delmark's two previous Honkers & Bar Walkers collections will be equally appreciative of Vol. 3.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • Label: Delmark
  • UPC: 038153054229
  • Catalog Number: 542
  • Sales rank: 79,852

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Spider Web - Eddie Chamblee (2:42)
  2. 2 It Ain't Necessarily Blues - The Four Blazes (2:42)
  3. 3 Lonesome Road - Eddie Chamblee (3:20)
  4. 4 Caravan - The Four Blazes (2:50)
  5. 5 Come on In - Eddie Chamblee (3:15)
  6. 6 Take Off - T.J. Fowler (2:49)
  7. 7 The Queen - T.J. Fowler (2:51)
  8. 8 Fine and Brown - Oett "Sax" Mallard (2:57)
  9. 9 The Cat Creeps - Memphis Slim & Jimmy Conley (3:05)
  10. 10 Walking Home - J.T. Brown (2:39)
  11. 11 Rhapsody in Purple - Eddie Chamblee (3:02)
  12. 12 St. James Infirmary - Eddie Chamblee (2:36)
  13. 13 Air Mail Special - Eddie Chamblee (3:27)
  14. 14 Walkin' Home - Eddie Chamblee (3:17)
  15. 15 La! La! La! Lady - Eddie Chamblee (2:49)
  16. 16 Dynaflow - Wild Bill Moore (2:43)
  17. 17 Blues at Dawn - Wild Bill Moore (2:33)
  18. 18 Wild Bill's Bounce - Wild Bill Moore (2:45)
  19. 19 Bar B Q - Floyd Taylor (2:53)
  20. 20 Loch Lomond - Floyd Taylor (2:58)
  21. 21 Baritone Boogie - Floyd Taylor (2:54)
  22. 22 Down for Debbie @@Swinging Sax Kari (2:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Memphis Slim Piano
Matt "Guitar" Murphy Guitar
Roosevelt Sykes Piano
Walter Bishop Jr. Piano
T.J. Fowler Piano
Jonah Jones Trumpet
Terry Pollard Piano
Eddie Chamblee Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams Baritone Saxophone
Bill Benjamin Drums
J.T. Brown Tenor Saxophone
Bob Call Piano
Jimmy Conley Tenor Saxophone
Walter Cox Tenor Saxophone
Ernest "Big" Crawford Bass
Joe Gayles Tenor Saxophone
Eddy Grant Drums
Neil Green Tenor Saxophone
Philip Guilbeau Trumpet
Larry Jackson Drums
Osie Johnson Drums
Ransom Knowling Bass
Ernie Shepherd Bass
Leo Blevins Guitar
William "Shorty" Hill Guitar
Paul Linsley "Jelly" Holt Drums
Wild Bill Moore Tenor Saxophone
Otto Allen Drums
Oett "Sax" Mallard Alto Saxophone
Ivan Rolle Bass
Floyd McDaniel Guitar
Walter Scott Guitar
Herbert Brown Bass
Curtis Mosley Bass
Robert "Sax" Crowder Tenor Saxophone
Frank Taylor Alto Saxophone
Floyd Taylor Piano
Tommy Braden Bass
Sax Kari Guitar
Eugene Taylor Bass
Dezie McCullers Trumpet
Floyd "Bubbles" McVay Drums
James Buxton Trombone
Armand Jump Jackson Drums
Technical Credits
Isaac Hayes Composer
Robert G. Koester Producer
David Porter Composer
Gary Borremans Cover Art
Steve Wagner Producer
V. F. "Pappy" Stewart Composer
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