Great work from Lucky Millinder – one of the few swing-era artists who made a strong transition to R&B, heard here on a huge batch of classic singles for the King label! At some level, there's a jazz-based sound here that stretches back to the Kansas City groove of the 30s – but at another, there's a leaner, tighter, more hard-swinging style overall – especially on the numbers that feature vocals, sung by Annisteen Allen, Wynonie Harris, Big John Greer, Melvin Moore
, and many others. The instrumentalists are great too – and include Joe Wilder, Henry Glover, Ike Quebec, Sam Taylor, Seldon Powell,a nd others – all of whom really pack a lot of punch into the sound of Lucky's band! CD features 29 tracks in all – with titles that include "Ow", "Heavy Sugar", "Lord Knows I Tried", "Adam Come & Get Your Rib", "I'll Never Be Free", "D Natural Blues", "Teardrops From My Eyes", "Oh Babe", "The Jumpin Jack", "Chew Tobacco Rag", "Backslider's Ball", and "Moanin The Blues".