Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Voodoo Blues !



Joe Williams was born in Cordele Georgia in 1918 and raised in Chicago by his mother. Chicago radio served as a vehicle for Joe to experience the many great jazz and blues artists of that time.
He sang with many bands including Red Saunders, Johnny Long, Erskine Tate, Jimmy Noone, Coleman Hawkins, Lionel Hampton, and of course, Count Basie. That association lasted from 1954 to 1961, when Basie's "Number One Son" left the band with Basie's blessing to become a solo performer.
Anyway, here’s two fantastic tracks from 1951 that ‘Jumpin’’ Joe Williams recorded with the mighty Red Saunders’ Orchestra.

Jumpin' Joe Williams And The Red Saunders' Orchestra - Voodoo Blues
Jumpin' Joe Williams And The Red Saunders' Orchestra - Hey! Bartender


2 Comments:

Blogger rosswords said...

That opening howl on Voodoo Blues takes your breath away! Then it becomes something out of a movie version of a Cuban night club. You half-expect Carmen Miranda to step out from behind a curtain surrounded by dancing fruit.

It's hard to believe this is the same Joe Williams who sang all those subtle, sophisticated jazz blues with Count Basie.

2:57 AM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Exactly ! It was quite a surprise to hear those tracks for the first time too.
Thanks !

10:10 AM  

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