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Stomping at the Savoy: Hot Rod 1955-1961

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The Savoy label is primarily known for classic jazz releases by the early pioneers of bebop such as Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, and Stan Getz. However, as these 21 compositions remind listeners, the label was also among those that helped establish rock & roll. For this edition of the Stomping at the Savoy series, Hot Rod 1955-1961, listeners can relive or discover such timeless R&B material as "Rib Joint" by Sammy Price, "Bad Boy" by the Jive Bombers, and "Candy" by Big Maybelle, in addition to excellent tracks by Nappy Brown, Billy Lamont, and Billy Hope & the Bad Men. Of special note is Brownie McGhee's "Anna Mae," which finds the acoustic Piedmont troubadour transform into a Chuck Berry rock & roller with electric guitar licks to boot. The combination of 24-bit digital remastering and mid-line pricing makes the Stomping at the Savoy series an attractive compilation for both the novice and collector.

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