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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
A pioneering black-owned record label, United Records featured many obscure and a few famous, such as Jimmy Forrest's "Night Train" and rewarding recordings during the 1951-57 period. This excellent sampler features jumping jazz, blues, R&B and gospel performances. Two of the selections are previously unreleased alternate takes and there are also ten numbers that are appearing on CD for the first time. One comes away from this program impressed by both the high quality of the music and the wide range recorded for United. Jazz is represented by baritonist Leo Parker, altoists Chris Woods and Tab Smith, the tenors of Jimmy Coe and Paul Bascomb, and Jimmy Forrest and ...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
A pioneering black-owned record label, United Records featured many obscure and a few famous, such as Jimmy Forrest's "Night Train" and rewarding recordings during the 1951-57 period. This excellent sampler features jumping jazz, blues, R&B and gospel performances. Two of the selections are previously unreleased alternate takes and there are also ten numbers that are appearing on CD for the first time. One comes away from this program impressed by both the high quality of the music and the wide range recorded for United. Jazz is represented by baritonist Leo Parker, altoists Chris Woods and Tab Smith, the tenors of Jimmy Coe and Paul Bascomb, and Jimmy Forrest and guitarist Tiny Grimes with some of those performances crossing over into R&B. Also featured in excellent form are Roosevelt Sykes an exciting alternate version of "Fine and Brown", Junior Wells, Robert Nighthawk, the multi-instrumental Ray McKinstry heard on all of the instruments during "Dinah", the Four Blazes and the Pastels. In reality, all 22 numbers have their exciting moments. In time all of these recordings will certainly be reissued by Delmark on more complete CDs but this is a superior sampler, perfect as an introduction to this vintage music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2004
  • Label: Delmark
  • UPC: 038153077525
  • Catalog Number: 775

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fine and Brown - Roosevelt Sykes (2:56)
  2. 2 Cool Leo - Leo Parker (2:29)
  3. 3 Cut That Out - Junior Wells (2:50)
  4. 4 Somebody Done Stole My Blues - Chris Woods (2:24)
  5. 5 Seventy Four - Robert Nighthawk (2:51)
  6. 6 Organ Grinder - Jimmy Coe (2:51)
  7. 7 Raggedy Ride - The Four Blazes (2:14)
  8. 8 Walking Home - J.T. Brown (2:38)
  9. 9 Memphis Slim U.S.A. - Memphis Slim (2:55)
  10. 10 Dinah - Ray McKinstry (2:31)
  11. 11 Let's Get High - Morris Pejoe (2:32)
  12. 12 Crazy Walk - Tab Smith (2:42)
  13. 13 In the Dark - Grant "Mr. Blues" Jones (3:08)
  14. 14 Nona - Paul Bascomb (3:07)
  15. 15 The Long Man - Dennis Binder (2:44)
  16. 16 Goodbye - The Pastels (2:44)
  17. 17 My Life Blues - Alfred Harris (3:03)
  18. 18 Tiny's Boogie - Tiny Grimes (2:59)
  19. 19 Yes Indeed - Della Reese (2:46)
  20. 20 Jockey Jack Boogie - Johnny Wicks' Swinging Ozarks (2:41)
  21. 21 Sophisticated Lady - Jimmy Forrest (2:49)
  22. 22 Come in the Room - Robert Anderson (2:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Henry Gray Piano
Curtis Jones Piano
Memphis Slim Piano, Vocals
Matt "Guitar" Murphy Guitar
Louis Myers Guitar
Robert Nighthawk Guitar, Vocals
Roosevelt Sykes Piano, Vocals
Junior Wells Harmonica, Vocals
Albertina Walker Vocals
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Paul Bascomb Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Coe Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Forrest Tenor Saxophone
Tiny Grimes Guitar
Red Holloway Tenor Saxophone
Duke Jordan Piano
Leo Parker Baritone Saxophone
Freddie Redd Piano
Tab Smith Alto Saxophone
Eddie Chamblee Tenor Saxophone
Chris Woods Alto Saxophone
Red Prysock Tenor Saxophone
Della Reese Vocals
Earl Washington Piano
Fred Below Drums
J.T. Brown Tenor Saxophone
Bob Call Piano
Clark Terry Trumpet
Jimmy Conley Tenor Saxophone
Nellie Grace Daniels Vocals
George DeHart Drums
McKinley Easton Baritone Saxophone
Vernel Fournier Drums
Neil Green Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton Tenor Saxophone
Raymond Hill Tenor Saxophone
Ora Lee Hopkins Vocals
Grant "Mr. Blues" Jones Vocals
Porter Kilbert Alto Saxophone
Ransom Knowling Bass
Chauncey Locke Trumpet
James McCrary Bass
Oscar Oldham Drums
Bunky Parker Piano
Jack Parker Drums
Morris Pejoe Guitar, Vocals
Earl Phillips Drums
Frank Porter Alto Saxophone
Bob Reagan Percussion
Milton Rector Bass
Edward David Robinson Piano
Red Saunders Drums
Henry Taylor Bass
Earl Fox Walker Drums
Harold Wallace Baritone Saxophone
Tommy Waters Alto Saxophone
Johnny Wicks Bass
Charles Williams Vocals
Quinn Wilson Bass
Elyse Yancey Vocals
Earl Dranes Guitar
William "Shorty" Hill Guitar
Paul Linsley "Jelly" Holt Drums
Oett "Sax" Mallard Alto Saxophone
Jerry Potter Drums
Dennis Binder Piano, Vocals
Eddie Lewis Trumpet
Norman Palm Vocals
Alfred Harris Harmonica, Vocals
Floyd McDaniel Guitar
Bobby Fields Tenor Saxophone
Dave Myers Bass
Al Smith Bass
Horace Palm Piano
Tommy Braden Bass, Vocals
Johnny Jones & the King Casuals Piano
James Bannister Drums
Otho Allen Drums
Scott Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Armand Jump Jackson Drums
Technical Credits
Roosevelt Sykes Composer
Leo Parker Composer
Tab Smith Composer
Eddie Chamblee Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Sy Oliver Composer
Chris Woods Composer
Leonard Allen Audio Production
Prof. Alex Bradford Composer
Peter Chatman Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Grant "Mr. Blues" Jones Composer
Robert G. Koester Producer
Jim O'Neal Liner Notes
Mitchell Parish Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Dennis Binder Composer
Lillian "Lil" Green Composer
Lewis Simpkins Audio Production
Ray McKinstry Instrumentation
Joe Young Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Amos Blakemore Composer
Steve Wagner Producer, Mastering
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