Various Artists

1940-1950 Boogie Woogie

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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 05:28 Amazon
2 02:31 Amazon
3 02:24 Amazon
4 03:06 Amazon
5 03:14 Amazon
6 02:59 Amazon
7
02:51 Amazon
8 02:38 Amazon
9 03:44 Amazon
10
02:40 Amazon
11 02:47 Amazon
12
02:32 Amazon
13 02:38 Amazon
14 02:38 Amazon
15 03:18 Amazon
16 03:02 Amazon
17 02:24 Amazon
18 02:58 Amazon
19 03:00 Amazon
20 02:51 Amazon
21 02:50 Amazon
22 02:56 Amazon
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