Jazz Gillum

Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3 (1941-1946)

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The third of four volumes that include all of Jazz Gillum's recordings (other than a later album) features 25 more vocals by the fine 1930s-style harmonica player. 20 of the selections are from 1941-42 while the final five (from 1945-46) find him playing and singing in an unchanged style. Guitarist Big Bill Broonzy is on all but the final selection and the pianists are Horace Malcolm, Blind John Davis, Roosevelt Sykes or Big Maceo. Gillum was an effective if not overly distinctive singer while his harmonica solos are fairly basic, particularly compared to Sonny Boy Williamson and the soon-to-be discovered Little Walter. The tunes include "Me And My Buddy," "War Time Blues," "I'm Gonna Leave You On The Outskirts Of Town" (a different variation of "We're Going To Move To The Outskirts Of Town"), "You're Tearing Your Playhouse Down" and "Whiskey Head Buddies."

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