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Best of Louis Jordan
     

The Best of Louis Jordan

by Louis Jordan
 
A giant of American popular music, a true forefather of rock 'n' roll, and the unquestioned patriarch of the neo-swing movement, Louis Jordan gained early fame playing saxophone in Chick Webb's swing-era big band alongside singer Ella Fitzgerald. If the music he made with his Tympani Five straddles the

Overview

A giant of American popular music, a true forefather of rock 'n' roll, and the unquestioned patriarch of the neo-swing movement, Louis Jordan gained early fame playing saxophone in Chick Webb's swing-era big band alongside singer Ella Fitzgerald. If the music he made with his Tympani Five straddles the borders of jazz, "jump blues," and R & B, so be it. Jordan's genius lay in synthesizing the different musical strands brewing during the 1940s. A perky saxophonist with a pungent sound that cuts through his recordings, Jordan was also a genuinely witty composer and a hysterically funny vocalist, yet the musical skill of the Tympani Five and their leader is never in question. "Caledonia," "Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens," "Saturday Night Fish Fry," "Let the Good Times Roll," "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie," and "Beware" are among the most entertaining pop recordings ever made, but they also swing as hard as any jazz sides ever made. When you're ready for a taste of the real deal, Jordan's ready for you.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This is a best-of CD collection that actually lives up to its name. Virtually all of Louis Jordan's hits, which musically bridged the gap between small-group swing, R&B, and rock & roll, are on this single CD, including "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie," "Let the Good Times Roll," "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens," "Saturday Night Fish Fry," "Caldonia," "Five Guys Named Moe," and "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying." Serious collectors will want to explore a more complete series, particularly the one put out by Classics, but for a single acquisition, this is the Louis Jordan set to get. Jordan's very likable and good-humored vocals and his hot alto, as well as the playing of the Tympani Five, belong in everyone's music collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/1989
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0076732407929
catalogNumber:
4079
Rank:
26327

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Performance Credits

Louis Jordan   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Milt Gabler   Collator

Technical Credits

Louis Jordan   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Dallas Bartley   Composer
Fred Clark   Composer
Milt Gabler   Producer
Wayne Grey   Composer
Will Weldon   Composer
J. Mayo Williams   Producer
Dave Dexter   Liner Notes
Danny Baxter   Composer
Earl Randle   Composer
Fleecie Moore   Composer
Sam Theard   Composer
Joe Willoughby   Composer
Jerry Bresler   Composer
Joe Greene   Composer
Morry Lasco   Composer
Dick Adams   Composer
Leo Hickman   Composer
Walter Merrick   Composer
Jimmie Cox   Composer
Bubsy Meyers   Composer

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