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Rare West Coast Jump 'N' Jive 1945-1954

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Rare West Coast Jump 'N' Jive 1945-1954 Review

by Thom Jurek

Great Britain’s JSP comes up with the goods one more time with this killer four-disc box of jump ‘n’ jive jazz and rhythm blues from its truly golden era. While the vast majority of the 101 tracks included here were recorded in California by homegrown acts, there are exceptions. Everything here plays a key -- if sometimes historically unacknowledged -- role in establishing a unique approach to creating jump music that contrasted sharply with that of the East Coast: its easier groove with more emphasis placed on piano trumpet solos and big-band blues charts, and a more relaxed vocal delivery. The array of acts included here is remarkable; some of these sides have been on CD very occasionally if at all. The music on this set by Jimmy Liggins & His Drops of Joy, Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers, and Roy Milton & His Solid Senders has been issued and reissued elsewhere, and often. Selections by all three acts here are generous, and mostly familiar. That said, there are also 17 cuts by Poison Gardner & His All Stars, 16 by Charlie “Boogie Woogie” Davis & His Orchestra; 12 by Calvin Boze & His All Stars; 10 by King Porter & His Orchestra; eight cuts each by Gene Phillips & His Rhythm Aces and Lloyd Glenn & His Joymakers, and six each by Dick Lewis & His Harlem Rhythm Boys, and Richard Lewis & His Orchestra. What’s more, JSP has provided a history of the West Coast jump sound, discographical information, and excellent sound quality. You can take this to the bank: there isn’t a weak moment on the box, and the price point is so attractive it wasn’t compiled just for collectors. Anyone with even a remote interest in this kind of music -- or of music from this era or region -- will benefit from including this box on her or his shelf.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Charlie "Boogie Woogie" Davis & His Orchestra 02:31 Amazon
2
Charlie "Boogie Woogie" Davis & His Orchestra 02:56 Amazon
3
Charlie "Boogie Woogie" Davis & His Orchestra 02:36 Amazon
4
Charlie "Boogie Woogie" Davis & His Orchestra 02:33 Amazon
5
Charlie "Boogie Woogie" Davis & His Orchestra 02:46 Amazon
6
Charlie "Boogie Woogie" Davis & His Orchestra 02:28 Amazon
7
Charlie "Boogie Woogie" Davis & His Orchestra 02:48 Amazon
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Charlie "Boogie Woogie" Davis & His Orchestra 02:38 Amazon
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Charlie "Boogie Woogie" Davis & His Orchestra 02:29 Amazon
10
Charlie "Boogie Woogie" Davis & His Orchestra 02:42 Amazon
11
Charlie "Boogie Woogie" Davis & His Orchestra 02:28 Amazon
12
Charlie "Boogie Woogie" Davis & His Orchestra 02:34 Amazon
13
Charlie "Boogie Woogie" Davis & His Orchestra 02:39 Amazon
14
Charlie "Boogie Woogie" Davis & His Orchestra 02:31 Amazon
15 Charlie "Boogie Woogie" Davis & His Orchestra 02:41 Amazon
16
Charlie "Boogie Woogie" Davis & His Orchestra 02:57 Amazon
17
Charlie "Boogie Woogie" Davis & His Orchestra 02:55 Amazon
18 Jimmy Liggins & His Drops of Joy 02:41 Amazon
19 Jimmy Liggins & His Drops of Joy 02:56 Amazon
20 Jimmy Liggins & His Drops of Joy 02:57 Amazon
21 Jimmy Liggins & His Drops of Joy 02:38 Amazon
22 Jimmy Liggins & His Drops of Joy 02:58 Amazon
23 Jimmy Liggins & His Drops of Joy 02:38 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
King Porter & His Orchestra 02:45 Amazon
2
King Porter & His Orchestra 02:29 Amazon
3
King Porter & His Orchestra 02:29 Amazon
4
King Porter & His Orchestra 02:22 Amazon
5
King Porter & His Orchestra 02:49 Amazon
6
King Porter & His Orchestra 02:43 Amazon
7
King Porter & His Orchestra 02:27 Amazon
8
King Porter & His Orchestra 02:40 Amazon
9
King Porter & His Orchestra 02:38 Amazon
10
King Porter & His Orchestra 02:47 Amazon
11
Poison Gardner & His All Stars 03:03 Amazon
12
Poison Gardner & His All Stars 02:39 Amazon
13
Poison Gardner & His All Stars 03:03 Amazon
14
Poison Gardner & His All Stars 03:08 Amazon
15
Poison Gardner & His All Stars 02:54 Amazon
16
Poison Gardner & His All Stars 02:42 Amazon
17
Poison Gardner & His All Stars 02:55 Amazon
18
Poison Gardner & His All Stars 02:36 Amazon
19
Poison Gardner & His All Stars 02:45 Amazon
20
Poison Gardner & His All Stars 02:32 Amazon
21
Poison Gardner & His All Stars 02:54 Amazon
22
Poison Gardner & His All Stars 02:57 Amazon
23
Poison Gardner & His All Stars 02:31 Amazon
24
Poison Gardner & His All Stars 02:57 Amazon
25
Poison Gardner & His All Stars 02:56 Amazon
26
Poison Gardner & His All Stars 02:57 Amazon
27
Poison Gardner & His All Stars 02:34 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Lloyd Glenn & His Joymakers 02:51 Amazon
2
Lloyd Glenn & His Joymakers 02:55 Amazon
3
Lloyd Glenn & His Joymakers 02:59 Amazon
4
Lloyd Glenn & His Joymakers 03:08 Amazon
5
Lloyd Glenn & His Joymakers 02:53 Amazon
6
Lloyd Glenn & His Joymakers 02:51 Amazon
7
Lloyd Glenn & His Joymakers 02:51 Amazon
8
Lloyd Glenn & His Joymakers 02:39 Amazon
9
Calvin Boze & His All Stars 02:25 Amazon
10
Calvin Boze & His All Stars 02:15 Amazon
11
Calvin Boze & His All Stars 02:26 Amazon
12
Calvin Boze & His All Stars 02:30 Amazon
13
Calvin Boze & His All Stars 02:19 Amazon
14
Calvin Boze & His All Stars 02:23 Amazon
15
Calvin Boze & His All Stars 02:26 Amazon
16
Calvin Boze & His All Stars 02:38 Amazon
17
Calvin Boze & His All Stars 01:53 Amazon
18
Calvin Boze & His All Stars 01:58 Amazon
19
Calvin Boze & His All Stars 02:47 Amazon
20
Calvin Boze & His All Stars 02:37 Amazon
21
Gene Phillips & His Rhythm Aces 03:02 Amazon
22
Gene Phillips & His Rhythm Aces 02:50 Amazon
23
Gene Phillips & His Rhythm Aces 02:45 Amazon
24 Gene Phillips & His Rhythm Aces 02:59 Amazon
25 Gene Phillips & His Rhythm Aces 02:29 Amazon
26
Gene Phillips & His Rhythm Aces 02:37 Amazon
27
Gene Phillips & His Rhythm Aces 02:35 Amazon
28 Gene Phillips & His Rhythm Aces 02:50 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers 03:06 Amazon
2 Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers 03:12 Amazon
3 Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers 03:10 Amazon
4 Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers 02:58 Amazon
5 Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers 02:29 Amazon
6
Roy Milton & His Solid Senders 02:51 Amazon
7
Roy Milton & His Solid Senders 02:59 Amazon
8
Roy Milton & His Solid Senders 02:35 Amazon
9
Roy Milton & His Solid Senders 03:03 Amazon
10
Roy Milton & His Solid Senders 02:48 Amazon
11
Roy Milton & His Solid Senders 02:30 Amazon
12
Dick Lewis & His Harlem Rhythm Boys 02:47 Amazon
13
Dick Lewis & His Harlem Rhythm Boys 02:51 Amazon
14
Dick Lewis & His Harlem Rhythm Boys 02:56 Amazon
15
Dick Lewis & His Harlem Rhythm Boys 02:51 Amazon
16
Dick Lewis & His Harlem Rhythm Boys 02:31 Amazon
17
Dick Lewis & His Harlem Rhythm Boys 02:32 Amazon
18
Richard Lewis & His Orchestra 02:57 Amazon
19
Richard Lewis & His Orchestra 03:00 Amazon
20
Richard Lewis & His Orchestra 02:30 Amazon
21
Richard Lewis & His Orchestra 02:31 Amazon
22
Richard Lewis & His Orchestra 02:39 Amazon
23
Richard Lewis & His Orchestra 02:29 Amazon
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