Rufus Thomas

Swing Out with Rufus Thomas

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These tracks sound like reissues -- the Crown Prince of Dance's gruff baritone is unusually strong for a guy his age -- but these are actually new recordings cut with many of the musicians and vocalists from Stax' heyday, including Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, Carla Thomas, and Michael Toles. This endearing set is blues-based with an ample helping of '50s R&B thrown in. As recordings go, it's a keeper; some highlights are Thomas' rendition of Ike Turner's R&B classic "Rocket 88," as well as some true-to-the-genre blues wails à la "Just Because I Leave, That Don't Mean I'm Gone" and energetic jumps like "Fool for You Mama."

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