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Album Review

Singer/guitarist Slim Gaillard and bassist Slam Stewart made for a frequently hilarious and outrageous team. Gaillard's jive talk and the basic but memorable originals (best-known of which is "The Flat Foot Floogie") made Slim & Slam a popular group in the late '30s. All of their joint recordings were reissued in a perfectly done box set for Affinity a few years ago, so this single disc pales in comparison. and since eight of the 20 numbers that are included here are alternate takes (including "Floogie"), this is not quite a definitive introductory or greatest-hits set either, although beginners should be delighted by the music. The performances (which sometimes includes such guests as trumpeter Al Killian, clarinetist Garvin Bushell, drummers Kenny Clarke and Chico Hamilton and tenor great Ben Webster) are quite fun, but a bit more planning should have gone into the programming.


Formed: 1936

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s

Slim & Sam were a novelty duo that formed in 1936, consisting of guitarist/singer Slim Gaillard and bassist Slam Stewart. The pair's first recording together, "Flat Foot Floogie," would also be their biggest hit as well, although other lesser hits followed through the early '40s (including "Tutti Frutti" and "Laughin' in Rhythm"). By 1945, new bassist Bam Brown had replaced Stewart in the group (Brown would be present for such further hit novelties as "Cement Mixer" and "Poppity Pop"), while the...
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