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1940-1950 Boogie Woogie

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1940-1950 Boogie Woogie Review

by Stephen Cook

An excellent overview of the music both jump blues and rock & roll morphed out of, 1940-1950 Boogie Woogie collects 22 solid examples of the floorboard-shaking stuff by key figures like Pete Johnson, Albert Ammons, and Jimmy Yancey. Boogie-woogie found plenty of fertile ground in Kansas City (Johnson was a favorite son), as evidenced by choice sides from Jay McShann, Count Basie, and Andy Kirk. And several other towns -- predominantly in the Midwest and South -- and styles are well-represented, too, namely by Louis Jordan, Erskine Hawkins, Amos Milburn, Lionel Hampton, and a young Fats Domino. Some important cuts may be missing, but this pumping-piano roundup is still essential listening for fans of the R&B side of jazz.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Pete Johnson 05:28 Amazon
2 Pete Johnson 02:31 Amazon
3 Albert Ammons & His Rhythm Kings 02:24 Amazon
4 Albert Ammons & His Rhythm Kings 03:06 Amazon
5 Jimmy Yancey 03:14 Amazon
6 Big Maceo Merriweather 02:59 Amazon
7
Lloyd Glenn 02:51 Amazon
8 Jay McShann 02:38 Amazon
9 James P. Johnson & His Orchestra 03:44 Amazon
10
Cecil Gant 02:40 Amazon
11 Amos Milburn 02:47 Amazon
12
Roy Milton & His Solid Senders 02:32 Amazon
13 Fats Domino 02:38 Amazon
14 Milt Buckner 02:38 Amazon
15 Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra 03:18 Amazon
16 Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra 03:02 Amazon
17 Count Basie Orchestra 02:24 Amazon
18 Benny Carter 02:58 Amazon
19 Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra 03:00 Amazon
20 Andy Kirk 02:51 Amazon
21 Wild Bill Davis / Louis Jordan 02:50 Amazon
22 De Paris Brothers Orchestra 02:56 Amazon
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