Be Cool: The Modern and Dolphin Sessions 1952-1954

Be Cool: The Modern and Dolphin Sessions 1952-1954

by Johnny Moore's Three Blazers


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Be Cool: The Modern and Dolphin Sessions 1952-1954

Johnny Moore's Three Blazers have a notable place in the history of early R&B as the group with whom Charles Brown first rose to prominence. This odd compilation, however, gathers material from some years after Brown's departure for a solo career in the late 1940s (though he'd occasionally return to Moore's group in subsequent times). Moore ran through a lot of vocalists after Brown left (including Floyd Dixon), and this particular anthology focuses on 25 sides the group cut from 1952 through 1954 featuring either his girlfriend Mari Jones or Frankie Ervin as lead singer. It wasn't a period that found Johnny Moore's Three Blazers at either their commercial or artistic peak, and not only because Brown couldn't be replaced with a talent of equal skill. Jones and Ervin were only adequate, and the pop-jazz-R&B crossover music the group was playing -- which was something like a watered-down version of Nat King Cole's early style -- was itself passing out of style as tougher R&B, doo wop, and early rock & roll picked up steam. What's more, some of the tracks they laid down during this period were remakes of songs originally recorded in the '40s with Brown on lead. Consequently, this anthology is neither the group or the early-'50s smooth R&B genre itself at its best, though it does include one R&B hit (the 1953 cash-in "Dragnet Blues"), and benefits from Ace's usual scrupulously detailed liner notes and packaging. It's more for the small market of die-hard genre enthusiasts and Moore collectors, and includes nine previously unreleased cuts and alternate mixes.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2007
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667026925
catalogNumber: 1148
Rank: 81010

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Moore's Three Blazers   Primary Artist
Frankie Ervin   Vocals
Mari Jones   Vocals
Nelson Alexander Trio   Vocals
Nelson Alexander   Vocals

Technical Credits

Willie Mabon   Composer
Erskine Hawkins   Composer
Jim Dawson   Liner Notes
Isham Jones   Composer
Marty Symes   Composer
Charles Gordon   Composer
Joe Josea   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer
Lou Baxter   Composer
David Mattis   Composer
Edward Williams   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers   Composer
Remus Harris   Composer
Irving Melsher   Composer
John Alexander   Composer
Frank Irvin   Arranger,Composer

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