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Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five Box set, Original recording remastered
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Amazingly, there isn't. These five discs are superbly produced, placing Louis Jordan's career in chronological order from 1938 to 1950, and the sound quality is top-notch. Almost all his classics are here, "Caldonia," "Saturday Night Fish Fry," "Knock Me a Kiss," "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie," plus many surprises you might never have heard before. The only major songs missing are the good numbers he turned out after 1950, when his popularity faded, like "I Want You to Be My Baby." But otherwise: this is the whole deal and then some, for a pretty incredible price.
Louis Jordan is the link between big band swing of the thirties and the rock `n' roll of the fifties. Starting out as a saxophonist in Chick Webb's 1930s big band, Louis struck out on his own in 1938 with his small group The Tympany Five (not always five people, but the name stuck anyway). They played hard-driving blues swing numbers with creative, crazy lyrics, and scored hit after hit on both the R&B and pop charts for ten years. While jazz drifted toward be-bop, which wasn't danceable, Louis Jordan offered the dancing hepcats and new kind of music to sweat and swing to. His band was a swing dancer's dream, and still is. No musician had a bigger effect on the modern swing movement than Louis Jordan, and his numbers are endlessly covered by other bands. But there's nothing like the real deal: Jordan swung hard on sax, had a wicked sense of humor, was a born entertainer, and lead a band that seemed to be having more fun than anyone.Read more ›
I give it four stars instead of five because his grearest blues hit "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" is not included in over 130 cuts.
There are others I would have liked to have seen included like 'School Days', which we loved as kids years ago. Plus more of his blues solos. Lots of people did not consider my uncle a "serious" musician, which he surely was.
All in all, a great box set well worth the price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This collection of fine music is definitely a must have. The roots of rock and Jazz right here with Louis Jordan's great R&B music. Read morePublished 23 days ago by snideelf
Louis kept music fun! It moves, it grooves, it bops and rocks, and it keeps you smiling and laughing.
Who couldn't love it?
I was born in 1968 and I am first time listening to it in 2015. I was referred by James Brown. No wonder he admired and influenced Mr. Brown. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Santana
It has exceeded my expectations! I love it, and am enjoying it even as i write!Published 18 months ago by James A. Duncan
Definitive collection of all the great songs. Many surprise vocalist.Published 18 months ago by Scott A.
Amazing collection of Jordan's best work that has been remastered by a wonderful British company and they sound great! Read morePublished 19 months ago by A. L. Owens Jr.