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Five Guys Named Moe: Original Decca Recordings, Vol. 2

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Another 18 of the saxist's Decca label classics (although "Five Guys Named Moe" turns up again, in deference to the hit Broadway production). "Is You Is or Is You Ain't (My Baby), " "Jack, You're Dead, " "Texas and Pacific, " "Boogie Woogie Blue Plate, " and "G.I. Jive" are high on the list of gems this time, along with his persuasive 1952 campaign "Jordan for President."


Born: July 08, 1908 in Brinkley, AR

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Effervescent saxophonist Louis Jordan was one of the chief architects and prime progenitors of the R&B idiom. His pioneering use of jumping shuffle rhythms in a small combo context was copied far and wide during the 1940s. Jordan's sensational hit-laden run with Decca Records contained a raft of seminal performances, featuring inevitably infectious backing by his band, the Tympany Five, and Jordan's own searing alto sax and street corner jive-loaded sense of humor. Jordan was one of the first black...
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