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Chuck Higgins: Pachuko Hop

Read "Pachuko Hop" reviewed by AAJ Staff

This CD, covering the years 1954-56 and sessions for the Specialty and Money labels, is more R&B than jazz. Most of the cuts are vocal, and most qualify as jump blues or doo-wop; the liner notes even compare one track to the Clovers. So why is this reviewed here? Two reasons: the style of jump blues is a bridge between jazz and later R&B; you can hear both styles in these cuts. And because Chuck Higgins blows a gravelly tenor ...