Various Artists

Saxophony: Jubilee Honkers & Shouters

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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 21-track collection features a few of those jazzier sides done by feisty bands led by Freddie Kohlman, Jimmy Wright, Rene Hall, Jesse Powell, and Buddy Lucas. Nothing here is a major find, but it's all fun and upbeat and includes a blistering "Move Over" from Wright, the sax and organ-led almost-soul-jazz-instrumental "Jesse's Blues" from Powell, and the boozy "Give It Up" from tenor sax man Buddy Lucas.

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