Chess Records has never been known for producing much in the way of big-band shouters or jump blues practitioners, but this compilation shows that the label at least dabbled in it from time to time. The Wynonie Harris date with Buddy Guy on guitar stems from 1964 and appears to be his final session. The Jimmy Rushing sides come from a 1953 date for Parrot Records, which Chess later took over. The Jimmy Witherspoon sides find him exploring the Willie Dixon catalog on "I Can Make It With You" and "Everything but You" while the Al Hibbler sides are master purchases from the Sunrise label, originally cut between 1947 and 1949. The remaining two sides feature an unknown vocalist (possibly Chick Young) with Tab Smith and his Orchestra, originally cut in 1951 for the Premium label, yet another master acquisition.
Shoutin', Swingin' & Makin' Love Review
by Cub Koda