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VariousBoxer, The Bluesman, & The Jazzman – Boxing In African-American Music 1921 to 1962 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1920s/1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99 29.99
A really unusual idea for a collection – and one that's even better than you might guess from the title! The set draws a strong relationship between boxing and black music in the American scene at midcentury – and it goes way beyond the few familiar Joe Louis tributes you might know – to include a range of really surprising cuts – including a number that are by musicians who once were boxers before moving into jazz and blues! There's a fair bit of titles here that, we'll admit, we never knew had boxing connections – and those are all traced out nicely in the detailed booklet of notes, which really illuminates the tunes. The 2CD package features 48 tracks in all – including "Knock Him Down Whiskey" by Sugar Ray Robinson, "Baby Boy Blues" by Baby Boy Warren, "She Knocks Me Out" by Harold Burrage, "Ole Joe Louis" by Cab Calloway, "Battle Royale" by King Curtis & Count Hastings, "Prize Fighter Blues" by Hattie Bolten, "The Titanic" by Leadbelly, "He's In The Ring" by Memphis Minnie, "Signifying Monkey" by Willie Dixon, "She Felt Too Good" by Jimmy McCrackin, "Messed Around" by Lee Dorsey, "Bourbon Street Jump" by Raymond Hill, "This Is All" by Screamin Jay Hawkins, "Nadine" by Sam Griggs & The Coronets, and "The Moor Man" by Johnny Lytle. (Jazz, Blues) CD

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✨✧ John MayallJazz Blues Fusion ... LP
Polydor, 1972. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The title certainly gets it right – as the album definitely brings a bit of jazz into the mix for the great John Mayall – given that the set features strong work from funky jazz heavyweights Blue Mitchell on trumpet and Freddy Robinson on guitar! Both are musicians that we love for their late 60s records on their own, and they work mighty nicely here with Mayall in a live setting – alongside heavy saxes from Clifford Solomon, and lots of great guitar, harmonica, and piano from John Mayall himself! The style is still more blues than jazz, but definitely shows an expanding style past the more slavish roots of Mayall's early years – especially reflecting his new interaction with the American scene after the breakup of the Blues Breakers. The first side of the album features a live set from Boston – and includes "Country Road", "Mess Around", "Good Time Boogie", and "Change Your Ways" – side two is from New York shows, and features three longish tracks – "Dry Throat", "Exercise In C Major", and "Got To Be This Way". (Rock, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light surface wear and small splits on the spine and top seam.)

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✨✧ Mickey Baker & OthersMickey Baker In Session – Ain't No Strain 1951 to 1962 ... CD
Jasmine (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great overview of the guitar talents of Mickey Baker – an artist who's maybe best remembered during this time for an album on Atlantic, or his duets with the young Sylvia Robinson (as Mickey & Sylvia) – but a player who also worked on countless sessions during the years of R&B and early soul! We always knew Mickey played on some key tracks – his guitar work is as recognizable as a King Curtis saxophone solo – but this 29 track set features material we didn't even know about – most of it by some of the biggest R&B stars of the 50s! Titles include "Women Are The Root Of All Evil" by Paul Williams, "Hit Git & Split" by Young Jessie, "No Good Lover" by Mickey & Sylvia, "Juke Joint" by Sam Price, "I'm Gonna Rock Your Wig" by Sonny Terry, "Bad Hangover" by Square Walton, "I'm Doin All This Time" by Stick McGhee, "Please Louise" by Wynonie Harris, "Straighten Up Baby" by Milt Trenier, "Oh Darlin" by Johnny Frank, "All Around The World" by Titus Turner, and more by Nappy Brown, Larry Dale, Joe Turner, Ruth Brown, and others! (Soul, Blues) CD
 
 
 



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