Jimmy Rushing

The Band Singer

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Rushing, the daddy of Kansas blues and thus, of R&B, was a singer of power and flexibility. He sang with the Blue Devils, with Benny Moten, even with Benny Goodman, but above all with the greatest of the Count Basie bands. Classic or unknown it's all splendid, both vocally and instrumentally, but the Basie cuts are wealth beyond compare.

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