Crazy Walk

Crazy Walk

by Tab Smith


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Crazy Walk

One of the great alto saxophonists to emerge from the swing era, Tab Smith had a few instrumental hit records for the United label in the 1950s and recorded extensively for the company. Crazy Walk is the fourth and final collection of all of his United recordings and, of the 24 selections, eight were previously unreleased. The music is mostly small-group swing, often with organist Sam Malone leading the backup group. While Smith's playing of the time sometimes hinted a little at R&B, his gentle approach meant that he really was not a honker or screamer. The performances, which were meant for jukeboxes, are quite concise, with Smith getting in a few solo choruses before the songs end. Overall, this set and its three predecessors are enjoyable, and Delmark has done a perfect job of reissuing the now obscure music.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2004
Label: Delmark
UPC: 0038153055523
catalogNumber: 555
Rank: 158904

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tab Smith   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Walter Johnson   Drums
Walter Johnson   Drums
Vernon King   Bass
Sam Malone   Organ,Piano
Ray King   Vocals

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Tab Smith   Composer
Richard Hayman   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Frank Driggs   Liner Notes
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Jimmy Hilliard   Composer
Robert G. Koester   Producer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
Charlie LaVere   Composer
Cliff Parman   Composer
L. Wolfe Gilbert   Composer
Frank LaVere   Composer
Abel Baer   Composer
Dan Belloc   Composer
Lee Daniels   Composer
Steve Wagner   Producer
Barry Parker   Composer
Sol Parker   Composer
Doug Lewis   Composer

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