Various Artists

Jumping at Jubilee

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Founded in 1946 by Jerry Blaine and Herb Abramson (Blaine eventually bought out Abramson's half of the company), Jubilee Records had its greatest commercial success with doo wop groups (most notably Sonny Til & the Orioles, whose "Crying in the Chapel" was a huge hit in 1953), but the label also released a fair amount of early R&B, jump blues, and jazz and blues-inflected instrumentals before finally closing its doors in 1970. This 22-track set collects some of the more upbeat jump blues sides issued by Jubilee, including Freddie Kohlman's fun and easy rocking "Hole in the Ground," Cousin Joe's jazz-meets-jump rendition of "Ramblin' Woman," Piney Brown's unhinged and manic "You Bring out the Wolf in Me," and several straight guitar blues tracks from Ralph Willis, most notably a recasting of the Delta classic "I Got a Letter" and the goofy "Bed Tick."

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