Various Artists

Memphis Kick-Up

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This LP is the type of project that seemingly can only be undertaken by collectors' labels. For the album the IAJRC company reissued rare music by Memphis-based bands led by Slim Lamar, Mart Britt and Blue Steele. The 17 recordings feature slightly primitive but very musical ensembles playing music that falls between classic jazz and swing. There are many vocals but also good concise solos and the liner notes are quite informative in telling the history of the Memphis jazz scene.