Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5

1945-1946

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Louis Jordan was at the top of his fame when the 23 recordings reissued on this Classics CD were cut. The influential altoist/singer/entertainer during this era led a version of his Tympany Five that also featured trumpeter Aaron Izenhall, Josh Jackson on tenor and pianist Wild Bill Davis (years before he switched to organ). Among the hits included on the set are "Beware," "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin'," "Choo-Choo Ch'Boogie," "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens," "Let the Good Times Roll" and "Jack You're Dead," but even the lesser-known tracks are entertaining. In addition, a couple of unlikely duets with Ella Fitzgerald ("Stone Cold Dead In the Market" and "Petootie Pie") are quite fun. Recommended to listeners not satisfied with owning only Louis Jordan's hits.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Louis Jordan
2:20
2
feat: Louis Jordan
2:37
3
feat: Louis Jordan
2:19
4
feat: Louis Jordan
3:02
5
feat: Louis Jordan
3:07
6
feat: Louis Jordan
2:31
7
feat: Louis Jordan
2:42
8
feat: Louis Jordan
2:36
9
feat: Louis Jordan
2:31
10
feat: Louis Jordan
2:23
11
feat: Louis Jordan
2:53
12
feat: Louis Jordan
2:53
13
feat: Louis Jordan
2:59
14
feat: Louis Jordan
2:45
15
feat: Louis Jordan
2:53
16
feat: Louis Jordan
2:25
17
feat: Louis Jordan
2:52
18
feat: Louis Jordan
2:49
19
feat: Louis Jordan
3:05
20
feat: Louis Jordan
2:49
21
feat: Louis Jordan
2:52
22
feat: Louis Jordan
3:05
23
feat: Louis Jordan
2:33
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