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Jimmy Rushing: Every Day

Read "Every Day" reviewed by Mark Corroto

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 ...

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Jimmy Rushing: Rushing Lullabies

Read "Rushing Lullabies" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Before there was Joe Williams, there was Jimmy Rushing--a gritty, down-home belter whose big break came when he joined Count Basie's big band in the 1930s. By the time the 1958 and 1959 sides heard on this reissue (which combines the LPs Rushing Lullabies and Little Jimmy Rushing And The Big Brass on a single CD) were recorded, Rushing had been on his own for eight and nine years--and the Rushing influenced Williams was wailing away for The Count. This ...


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