Jimmy Rushing

Rushing Lullabies

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Jimmy Rushing recorded several albums for Columbia during 1959-60; although in his mid-50s, he was still in peak form. This CD reissue (which has a previously unissued "The Road of Love") finds Rushing joined by both pianist Ray Bryant and organist Sir Charles Thompson, Buddy Tate on tenor, guitarist Skeeter Best, bassist Gene Ramey and drummer Jo Jones. The combination works quite well, and Rushing, in addition to a few blues, puts his own stamp on such numbers as "'Deed I Do," "Pink Champagne," "I Cried For You" and even "Good Rockin' Tonight." Bryant and Tate in particular have strong solos (both are excellent on "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me"), and with Rushing in such good shape, this is an easily enjoyable mainstream swing session.

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