Here's an astonishing array of talent from the Gotham Blues vaults. This collection features 7 engaging Blues shouts from J.B. Summers (who's backed by a variety of bands, including one fronted by sax sensation Eddie Woodland), a track from the ultimate Blues shouter - Jimmy Rushing, plus fine work from Danny (Mr. Alto) Turner, Harry Crafton, Benny Brown, Lloyd "Fat Man" Smith, and tenor sax man Gay Crosse. Set includes seven previously unreleased titles and two previously unreleased takes.
Personnel includes: J.B. Summers, Lloyd "Fat Man" Smith, Frank Motley and his Crew, Gay Crosse & His Good Humor Six, Jimmy Rushing, Count Basie Orchestra.
Includes liner notes by Bruce Bastin.
Liner Note Author: Bruce Bastin.
A collection of great unreleased stuff from the vaults of Gotham material that was originally issued on Bruce Bastin's Flyright label (right down to the liner notes). These sides feature a treasure trove of great jazz artists (Tiny Grimes, Red Prysock, Jo Jones, Freddy Green, Ray Bryant, Walter Page, Bill Doggett, Count Basie, Frank Motley, even a very young John Coltrane) all backing various R&B and blues shouters like Summers, Jimmy Rushing, Harry Crafton, Gay Crosse, Benny Brown, and Lloyd "Fat Man" Smith. Highlights include Summers' "Hey Mr. J.B.," Rushing's "Ain't It Lonesome," Crafton's "Bring That Cadillac Back," and Crosse's "Fat Sam From Birmingham," which features Coltrane gently riffing in the background. ~ Cub Koda