Willie Bryant & His Orchestra

Blues Around the Clock

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Willie Bryant, an important bandleader for a time in the 1930s, was a familiar and likable fixture at the Apollo Ballroom in the 1940s and '50s, acting as an M.C. and taking an occasional vocal. This Delmark CD draws its songs from the Apollo label and emphasizes early R&B. Ten songs feature Bryant (including two-part versions of "Blues Around the Country" and "Blues Around the Clock") and on some of the tracks the backup group features altoist Tab Smith and trumpeter Taft Jordan. Doc Pomus and the obscure Bob Range have four vocals apiece, Laurel Watson is heard on two songs and Ben Smith sings "Reboppin' for Red." This CD is consistently satisfying and easily recommended to fans of the era.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:08 Amazon
2 02:59 Amazon
3 02:57 Amazon
feat: Doc Pomus
02:17 Amazon
feat: Doc Pomus
03:13 Amazon
6 02:59 Amazon
7 03:07 Amazon
8 03:00 Amazon
9 03:16 Amazon
10 03:22 Amazon
11 03:09 Amazon
12 03:12 Amazon
feat: Ben Smith
02:54 Amazon
feat: Robert Range
02:58 Amazon
feat: Robert Range
03:08 Amazon
16 03:01 Amazon
17 02:46 Amazon
18 02:56 Amazon
feat: Robert Range
02:58 Amazon
feat: Robert Range
03:09 Amazon
21 03:14 Amazon
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