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lunes, 29 de mayo de 2017

Louis Jordan • Let The Good Times Roll_The Anthology 1938-1953

Louis Jordan (Brinkley, 8 de julio de 1908 - 4 de febrero de 1975) fue un saxofonista y cantante estadounidense de blues, uno de los pioneros del jazz y del rhythm and blues.
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Louis Thomas Jordan[1] (July 8, 1908 – February 4, 1975)[2] was a pioneering American musician, songwriter and bandleader who enjoyed his greatest popularity from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. Known as "The King of the Jukebox", he was highly popular with both black and white audiences in the later years of the swing era.
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Review by Bruce Eder
Overlooking Bear Family's comprehensive nine-disc box, this double-CD set is the best reissue ever on Louis Jordan, and the first truly comprehensive domestic release on Jordan's work to feature state-of-the-art sound. There are holes -- only a relative handful of the tracks that Jordan & His Tympany Five recorded in 1939 and 1940 are included, although those that are here represent most of the best of them -- but not huge ones, and every major Jordan track from 15 years of work is present. The quality of the digital transfers is as alluring as the selections, the mastering so clean that it sounds 20 years newer than one could ever expect based on the songs' actual ages. The 1941 vintage "Pan Pan" and "Saxa-Woogie" place the band practically in the listener's lap, with solos on clarinet, tenor sax, etc., that have smooth, rippling textures and barely a trace of the noise one should expect from early-'40s tracks bumped to digital -- and the fidelity of these, and "Boogie Woogie Came to Town," "Rusty Dusty Blues," etc., all run circles around any earlier reissues. Similarly, the drums, hi-hat, trumpet, sax, and ensemble singing on "Five Guys Named Moe" are crisp enough to pass for modern re-recordings, except they're not. Indeed, until you get to "Ration Blues," from 1943, there aren't many overt hints of the compression inherent in masters of this vintage, and that's the exception -- "G.I. Jive" and "Caldonia," cut one and two years later, have the kind of sound textures one more expects out of audiophile releases. Disc two opens with "Ain't That Just Like a Woman," a perfect blueprint in style and execution (check out Carl Hogan's guitar intro) for the sound that Chuck Berry popularized ten years later. Of the later material, only "Run Joe" sounds a little less distinct than the rest. "Life Is So Peculiar" features Louis Armstrong, as vocalist with Jordan, in a beguilingly funny duet from 1951. By that time, Jordan's formula for success was past its prime, and he and Decca Records were looking for new approaches -- "Teardrops from My Eyes" wasn't it, adding an obtrusive organ played by Wild Bill Davis to the mix. The later incarnation of Jordan's band on these tracks is a more restrained and sophisticated big-band unit, without much of the wild jump blues feel of the '40s Tympany 5 -- a 19-year-old Oliver Nelson can be heard on alto sax, incidentally -- but occasionally they capture the feel of the old band, as on "Fat Sam from Birmingham." This version of Jordan and his band and the way they're recorded are still superior to the incarnations of Jordan's group that turn up on his later recordings for Aladdin and Mercury.

1. Barnacle Bill the Sailor
2. Doug the Jitterbug
3. At the Swing Cat's Ball
4. Honeysuckle Rose
5. Two Little Squirrels, The (Nuts to You)
6. Pan-Pan
7. Saxa-Woogie
8. Boogie Woogie Came to Town
9. Rusty Dusty Blues (Mama Mama Blues)
10. I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town
11. What's the Use of Getting Sober (When You're Gonna Get Drunk Again)?
12. I'm Gonna Leave You on the Outskirts of Town
13. Five Guys Named Moe
14. Ration Blues
15. Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?
16. Mop! Mop!
17. G.I. Jive
18. Buzz Me Blues
19. Caldonia
20. Salt Pork, West Virginia
21. Don't Worry 'Bout That Mule
22. Stone Cold Dead in the Market (He Had It Coming)
23. Beware, Brother, Beware
24. Choo Choo Ch'Boogie

1. Ain't That Just Like a Woman
2. Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens
3. Let the Good Times Roll
4. Texas and Pacific
5. Jack, You're Dead!
6. Open the Door, Richard
7. Boogie Woogie Blue Plate
8. Run Joe
9. Beans and Cornbread
10. Saturday Night Fish Fry, Pts. 1- 2
11. Blue Light Boogie, Pts. 1-2
12. (You Dyed Your Hair) Chartreuse
13. Life Is So Peculiar
14. Teardrops from My Eyes
15. Louisville Lodge Meeting
16. Bone Dry
17. Fat Sam from Birmingham
18. Cock-A-Doodle-Doo
19. Slow Down
20. Never Trust a Woman
21. Junco Partner
22. I Want You to Be My Baby

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