Jimmy Rushing Oh Love
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- Released: July 27, 1999
- Label: Vanguard Records
- 1.Boogie Woogie
- 2.I Want A Little Girl
- 3.How Long
- 4.It's Hard To Laugh Or Smile
- 5.Goin' To Chicago
- 6.I Can't Understand
- 7.Pennies From Heaven
- 8.Oh Love
- 9.If This Ain't The Blue - (Inst)
- 11.How You Want Your Lovin' Done
- 12.Leave Me
Producer: John Hammond.
Compilation producer: Steve Buckingham.
Includes liner notes by Samuel Charters.
This is part of the Vanguard Records series John Hammond's Vanguard Jazz Showcase.
Although Jimmy Rushing parted company with Count Basie in 1950, Basie's influence stayed with him right up until his death in 1972. Similarly, Basie didn't forget about Rushing either; the fact that Joe Williams, Basie's male vocalist from 1954-1961, was greatly influenced by Rushing certainly wasn't lost on the Count. Basie's influence is impossible to miss on Oh Love, a superb CD focusing on Rushing's John Hammond-produced work for Vanguard in the 1950s. Spanning 1955-1958, this collection of Kansas City swing, jump blues, and jazz/blues draws on three of the singer's old Vanguard LPs (Listen to the Blues, If This Ain't the Blues, and Goin' to Chicago), and finds him joined by such hard-swinging improvisers as tenor saxman Buddy Tate, trombonist Lawrence Brown, pianist Pete Johnson, and drummer Jo Jones (not to be confused with Philly Joe Jones). Rushing revisits many classics from his Basie years, including "Going to Chicago Blues," "Pennies From Heaven," "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You," and "Dinah," and he sings them with as much conviction as ever. These are essential recordings that have withstood the test of time quite nicely. ~ Alex Henderson
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