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East Coast Jive


  • 1. Everything's Cool - Babs Gonzales
    2. 1280 Special - Babs Gonzales
    3. Phipps' Deep - Babs Gonzales
    4. It Takes a Long Tall Brown Skin Gal - Four Blues
    5. Re Bop de Boom - Four Blues
    6. It Ain't What You Had - Four Blues (previously unreleased)
    7. Call the Police - Artie Simms
    8. Take It Easy Baby - Artie Simms (previously unreleased, alternate take)
    9. Darktown Strutters' Ball - Loumell Morgan
    10. Bow Tie Jim - Loumell Morgan
    11. Blackstick Boogie - Ben Smith
    12. Travelin' Papa - Ben Smith (previously unreleased)
    13. No Lovin' Woman - Ben Smith (previously unreleased)
    14. Roy's Groove - Babs Gonzales
    15. Phipps' Deep - Babs Gonzales (previously unreleased, alternate take)
    16. Blues in the Night - Loumell Morgan
    17. Ol' Man River - Loumell Morgan
    18. Whistlin' at the Chicks - Babe Wallace
    19. Ain't Gonna Worry 'Bout Nothin' - Babe Wallace
    20. I'd Rather Have You Fat & Happy - Four Blues (previously unreleased)
    21. Vegetable Song - Four Blues
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 669

  • Credits
    ProducerJerry Jerome; Robert G. Koester; Steve Wagner
    EngineerPaul Underwood; Josie Carmen

    This is part of Delmark's Apollo series.
    Personnel: Ben Smith (vocals, clarinet); Artie Morgan, Artie Simms (vocals, piano); Babe Wallace, Four Blues, Babs Gonzales (vocals); James "Ham" Jackson, James Jackson (guitar); Tony Scott (clarinet); Jerry Jerome (tenor saxophone); Bobby Tucker (piano); Roy Haynes (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Bob Koester.
    Recording information: New York, NY (08/09/1946-12/17/1947).
    Ensemble: Four Blues.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Babe Wallace; Jerry Jerome.
    Linked to the Apollo Theater, well before it became the place for James Brown or the entire slate of Motown and Gordy artists, was the Apollo Records label. The theater continued to thrive to the present day, but the label ceased operation in 1962. Fortunately for us, Delmark managed to acquire the masters for Apollo's output, and so have been able to produced a series of albums that compile the best material released by that label. East Coast Jive features Babs Gonzales, Loumell Morgan, Artie Simms, Babe Wallace, the Four Blues and Ben Smith. Delmark's Bob Koester provides liner notes with pointers for further references, though even Koester is stumped by the background of some of the recordings and a few of the artists involved. East Coast Jive is a fun compilation of jive, cheerfully uptempo and lighthearted stuff that keeps the toes tapping and the head nodding in rhythm. Well worth picking up. ~ Steven McDonald

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