January 05, 1996
Jasmine Records
Jazz, Stride, Swing, Boogie-Woogie, Jazz Blues, Piano Blues

Album Review

The style of music known as boogie-woogie is believed to have originated in the Southern United States during the 1920s as after-hours entertainment for denizens of work encampments specializing in turpentine production. The earliest practitioners of this rigorously rhythmic technique were soon overlooked when the boogie entered mainstream pop culture through the conduit of jazz bands during the late '30s and early '40s. In 1996 the Jasmine label released a collection of classic boogie-woogie as played by small ensembles during the years 1936-1941. Although such archetypal woogie men as Cow Cow Davenport, Meade "Lux" Lewis, and Speckled Red do not appear in this lineup, the roster of participants is impressive and does include Albert Ammons, Count Basie, Pete Johnson, Sammy Price, and Bluebird's bastion of boogie, Big Maceo Merriweather. This entertaining retrospective combines gut-level entertainers like Joe Turner, Tampa Red, the Harlem Hamfats, and Wingy Manone with hip bandleaders Lionel Hampton, Buddy Johnson, and Erskine Butterfield. The inclusion of examples by prerequisite Caucasian cookers Benny Goodman, Will Bradley, Woody Herman, and Harry James makes this collection contextually complete. In a genre densely populated by anthologies of varying worth, this one should be regarded as an excellent choice.
arwulf arwulf, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Boogie Woogie Stomp
  2. Boogie Woogie
  3. Down the Road a Piece
  4. Basin Street Boogie
  5. Boogie Woogie St. Louis Blues
  6. Grand Slam
  7. The Munson Street Breakdown
  8. Bouncing at the Beacon
  9. We're Gonna Pitch a Boogie Woogie
  10. Chip's Boogie Woogie
  11. Boo Woo
  12. Woo-Woo
  13. Boogie Woogie's Mother-in-Law
  14. Cherry Red
  15. Baby, Look at You
  16. Far Away Blues
  17. Boogie Woogie
  18. Bye Bye Baby
  19. Anytime for You
  20. The Dirty Dozens
  21. Lead Me Daddy Straight to the Bar
  22. Rock It in Rhythm
  23. She's Love Crazy