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Cool Blues, Jumps & Shuffles

  • 1. S K Blues Pt. 1 aka New S K Blues Pt. 1
    2. Swingin'
    3. Write Me a Letter Blues
    4. Lazy Woman Blues aka Lazy Women
    5. I'd Climb the Highest Mountain
    6. S K Jumps Pt. 1
    7. Stay Gone Blues
    8. 2:00 Am Hop
    9. Empty Bedroom Blues
    10. Imagination
    11. SK Jumps Pt. 2 aka Summertime Boogie
    12. Something's Worrying Me
    13. Read the Good Book
    14. Danny Boy
    15. Going Mad
    16. My Close Friend
    17. Quit Hangin' Around Me
    18. Long Long Time
    19. Summertime
    20. Get Yourself Another Fool
    21. When I Got Home This Morning aka I'm So Worried
    22. Auf Wiedersehn, My Dear
    23. Empty Bedroom Blues - (alternate take)
    24. What's Your Story Morning Glory
    25. S K Blues Pt. 2 aka New S K Blues Pt. 2
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 865

  • Credits

    Includes recordings originally released on Rhythm, Modern, RPM, and Flair in the 1940s and early 1950s.
    Includes liner notes by Opal Nations.
    Contains 25 tracks.
    Personnel: Saunders King (vocals, guitar); Eddie Taylor (tenor saxophone); Sammy Deane (trumpet).
    Liner Note Authors: Opal Nations; Per Notini; Jon Broven; Ray Topping; Carlos Santana.
    Arranger: Saunders King.
    The accurately titled Cool Blues, Jumps & Shuffles is a good overview of Saunders King's career containing 25 tracks from 1942-1954, though it's slightly flawed in that it draws exclusively from his Rhythm and Modern recordings. Those do comprise the bulk of his sessions, but this doesn't include anything from the sides he cut for a few other companies. Still, it does have both parts of his 1942 hit "S.K. Blues," as well as his pair of 1949 R&B hits, "Empty Bedroom Blues" and "Stay Gone Blues." As a whole, the disc shows King to be an underrated, somewhat forgotten period in swing jazz's crossover to the jump blues and guitar R&B that got into vogue just after World War II. There's less of his Charlie Christian-like electric guitar (though he was bluesier than Christian) than you might expect. Indeed, most of the solos are taken by horns rather than the guitar, and "Swingin'" gets closer to bop jazz than R&B or blues. Too, much of the material (largely written by King himself) stuck to similar basic blues chord progressions on mid-tempo numbers and ballads. He was nonetheless a pleasing, smooth blues-jazz vocalist, fronting groups of solid players, though one wishes he got to stretch out more as a guitar soloist, as he does on "SK Jumps Pt. 2." ~ Richie Unterberger

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