172

Various Artists: Jukebox Jazz

David Rickert By

Sign in to view read count
Various Artists: Jukebox Jazz Once the long-playing record became the recording industry standard, jazz had an uneasy relationship with the jukebox. LPs allowed artists the freedom to stretch out in extended solos and longer compositions than the 78 afforded them, and thus any resulting singles tended to be edited versions or, in some cases, split in half over two sides of a record.

However, there were some artists who still reveled in the possibilities of the jukebox. Jukebox Jazz collects some of the better singles from the fifties, some by well-known artists and others by musicians who remained on the fringes of the music scene. Appropriately, there's plenty of rhythm & blues feel since it was a popular style at the time, and thus plenty of burbling organs and brawny tenors to fuel the bands. The whole album has the feel of the music wafting through a dark, smoky bar or a late-night AM radio show, and it is very much a product of its time. And though it was a vital part of what we call jazz (especially in Chicago), it remains a neglected segment, rarely heard today in favor of Davis and Coltrane and others who fit more comfortably under the jazz umbrella.

Singers like Jimmy Rushing and Joe Williams were obviously at home with the three-minute single length, and there's also early experiments with vocalese courtesy of the King Fleming Quintette's "One O'Clock Jump. Coleman Hawkins, who had demonstrated an ability to turn songs into small poems in the 78 era, also took at crack at carving out hit instrumental singles. But there are also fine performances from relative unknowns, like the moody "Harlem Nocturne from Herbie Fields and a nifty instrumental called "Jan from Paul Bascomb. None ever achieved legendary status, but they are nevertheless fine work in the idiom.

There's probably enough material of this type to warrant a box set, or at least another volume in this series. One listen to this disc will make you eager for more. A fine collection of rare tracks restored to circulation.


Track Listing: 1. Mr. five By Five - Jimmy Rushing 2. Clothes Pin Blues - Jimmy Rushing 3. Harlem Nocturne - Herbie Fields 4. Mr. Jump - Herbie Fields 5. Blue Blue Days - Coleman Hawkins 6. What A Difference A Day Makes - Coleman Hawkins 7. I'll Follow My Secret Heart - Coleman Hawkins 8. I'll Tell You Later - Coleman Hawkins 9. Uptown Stomp - Benson-Ogeltree Band 10. Riverboat - Benson-Ogletree Band 11. Summertime - Red Saunders 12. Riverboat - Red Saunders 13. Jan pt. 1 - Paul Bascomb 14. Jan pt. 2 - Paul Bascomb 15. Black Orchid - Lonnie Simmons Quartet 16. I Can't Get Started - Lonnie Simmons Quartet 17. Time For Moving - Joe Williams 18. In the Evening - Joe Williams 19. Williams Blues - King Fleming Quintette 20. One O'Clock Jump - King Fleming Quintette.

Year Released: 2005 | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read The Invariant CD/LP/Track Review The Invariant
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "Love Wins Again" CD/LP/Track Review Love Wins Again
by James Nadal
Published: June 9, 2016
Read "Atticus Live!" CD/LP/Track Review Atticus Live!
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 2, 2016
Read "Fellow Creatures" CD/LP/Track Review Fellow Creatures
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 25, 2016
Read "R Train On The D Line" CD/LP/Track Review R Train On The D Line
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 10, 2016
Read "Mac Gollehon & The Hispanic Mechanics" CD/LP/Track Review Mac Gollehon & The Hispanic Mechanics
by Paul Naser
Published: May 2, 2016
Read "Flow" CD/LP/Track Review Flow
by Karl Ackermann
Published: August 2, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!