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The great, under-appreciated Louis Jordan

Nice sampler from the great Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five, an artist who influenced more modern music and musicians than possibly any other American artist, ever. You'll hear the beginnings of rhythm and blues as well as rock and roll - and then realize he spawned Chuck Berry, Little Richard and most of what was to follow.

Louis was the consumate live showman as well, with his raucous style and stellar sidemen having a blast up on stage or on the big screen in several movies. The fare on this album is top notch, although first-timers will probably want to look for compilations with his bigger hits (Caledonia, Saturday Night Fish Fry, Choo Choo Ch'Boogie, Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens, Reet Petite and Gone, etc.). In fact find and take a listen to Saturday Night Fish Fry and then slap yourself when you realize this song came out in 1949!

This collection covers decent ground from the "next cut" of mostly 50's hits, including jump blues (Chick's Too Young, I Know What You're Putting Down), ballads (the wonderful Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying) as well as his dabbling in Calypso (Run Joe). And you can imagine the blast they had on stage from the studio versions of Like 'em Fat and Open the Door Richard.

Although he was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the late 80's, Louis Jordan never really received his due. The music and artists he helped birth eventually trampled what he had accomplished. His largely unacknowledged death in 1975 went as a fade out to a wonderfully creative – and for someone with hundreds of weeks at #1 on the charts – under-appreciated career.


Born: July 8, 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...
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