Singer Jimmy Rushing was often call “Mr. five-by-five.” The name described his height and width. Rushing, who gained fame singing for Count Basie’s band from 1935 to 1950, often sang from the middle of the stage obscuring the view of half the saxophone section. The recordings culled here are from three mid-fifties sessions for Vanguard Records, the creation of legendary producer John Hammond who went on to ‘discover’ Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen. Vanguard Records with the help of Nat Hentoff of Downbeat Magazine documented and recorded some of the great jazzmen of the 1950s. Heard here are legends of early jazz, not given much space or exposure in this digital age, they include boogie-woogie pianist Pete Johnson, Basie alumni Buddy Tate and Walter Page, and swing drummer Jo Jones. Rushing is more of a blues singer than a jazz crooner. In the early days, before electrical amplification he often sang through a megaphone. Impeccably recorded then, now re-mastered into 24-bit digital sound, Rushing’s boisterous voice is warmly wrapped by solid jazz and boogie. A special look back.
Track List:Evenin’; Good Morning Blues; See See Rider; Take Me Back Baby; Sent For You Yesterday; Roll ‘Em Pete; Sometimes I Think You Do; Take Me With You Baby; My Friend Mr. Blues; Every Day; Don’t Cry, Baby; Rock And Roll.
I love jazz because transports me to another reality.
I was first exposed to jazz a concert on the lake many years ago.
I met many musicians at various international jazz festivals.
The best show I ever attended was Jazzascona in Suisse.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
My advice to new listeners is listen to music with an open mind.
Listen, think and share jazz everywhere.