Charles Brown

1944-1945

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This Classics CD features pianist/vocalist Charles Brown on his first 22 recordings, when he was a sideman with guitarist Johnny Moore's Three Blazers. Brown already sounded quite distinctive, and as it turned out, the 21st song ("Drifting Blues") was his biggest hit. The music, due to the instrumentation (a trio/quartet with bassist Eddie Williams and sometimes Oscar Moore on second guitar), is a bit reminiscent at times of the Nat King Cole Trio, but it had a special soul and feeling of its own. Frankie Laine makes a couple of early appearances, but Brown takes care of the bulk of the vocals, and there are also eight excellent instrumentals. Recommended.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:47
2 3:05
3 2:57
4 2:48
5 3:01
6 3:19
7
3:08
8
3:21
9 2:33
10
3:07
11 2:52
12 2:59
13 2:53
14 3:11
15 3:07
16 3:15
17 2:59
18 2:56
19 2:35
20 3:28
21 3:15
22 2:50
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