Living Blues - pp.58-59
"With his hard-riffing Southern California band and pronounced backbeat, Milton was one of the major architects of rhythm and blues."
Personnel: Roy Milton (vocals, drums); Camille Howard (vocals, piano); Johnny Rogers (guitar); Eddie Taylor (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Earl Simms, John Kelson, Jr., Clifton Noel (alto saxophone); William Gaither, Benny Waters (tenor saxophone); Arthur Walker, Hosea Sapp, Charles Gillum (trumpet).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Author: Colin Escott.
Recording information: Master Recorders, Hollywood, CA (12/22/1945-??/??/1952); Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA (12/22/1945-??/??/1952); United Sounds, Detroit, MI (12/22/1945-??/??/1952); Universal Recorders, Hollywood, CA (12/22/1945-??/??/1952).
As part of the Specialty Profiles series, New Orleans vocalist, bandleader, and drummer Roy Milton & His Solid Senders are highlighted with 14 tunes recorded for the label between 1945 and 1953. Not as raucous as future rock & roll pioneers on the Specialty roster like Little Richard and Lloyd Price, Roy Milton & His Solid Senders specialized in West Coast blues: laid-back, after-hours jazz combined with jump blues. The combo chalked up several hits for the label, including "True Blues," "Hop, Skip & Jump," "Information Blues," "Oh Babe!," "Best Wishes," and his first smash, "R.M. Blues." A major contributor to Milton's sound was Camille Howard, who went on to record for Specialty in her own right; she contributed both vocals and boogie piano, best represented here on her showcase performance of "Thrill Me." If you don't own any Roy Milton material, this mid-priced compilation is a good place to start. As an extra bonus, the Specialty Profiles series includes a sampler that showcases R&B gems by Specialty acts of the era, including Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Larry Williams, Lloyd Price, Percy Mayfield, Don & Dewey, Joe Liggins, Jesse & Marvin, and Guitar Slim. ~ Al Campbell