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Chuck Higgins: Pachuko Hop

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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 ...


Camille Howard: Volume One: Rock Me Daddy

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Like many Specialty releases of this time (these sides were recorded from 1947 to 1952) this isn't exactly jazz, but the blues-based boogie here owes something to jazz, as well as the emerging style of rhythm and blues. And Ms. Howard's singing, with its sweet voice and saucy phrasing, is not far removed from the pop ...