Louis Jordan / Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5

Classics 1940-1941

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The second in the Classics label's CD series that reissues all of Louis Jordan's early recordings features the masterful entertainer with his Tympani Five in the period that directly preceded his great commercial successes. Although most of these 26 selections (including "Somebody Done Hoodooed the Hoodoo Man," "After School Swing Session," "Saxa-Woogie" and "De Laff's On You") are quite obscure, the playing by the group is quite infectious and enjoyable. Singers Daisy Winchester and Mabel Robinson are heard on the Mar. 13, 1940 session for a song apiece, but otherwise, the focus is on Jordan and his fine band, which features tenor saxophonist Kenneth Hollon and several trumpeters, including (on one date) Freddy Webster. Recommended to listeners who want to hear more Louis Jordan than just his hit records.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:28
2 2:43
3 2:38
4 2:41
5 2:32
6 2:35
7 2:48
8 3:02
9 2:29
10 2:31
11 2:33
12 3:07
13 3:13
14 2:29
15 2:53
16 2:26
17 3:07
18 2:53
19 2:49
20 2:36
21 2:58
22 2:50
23 3:05
24
3:00
25 2:53
26
2:39
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