Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Luke Jones & Red Mack - West Coast R&B 1947-1952 Re-upped





Side A:
01. Jump The Boogie - Luke Jones
02. Feelin' Low Down - Luke Jones
03. Four Or Five Times - Luke Jones
04. Graveyard Blues - Luke Jones
05. Shufflin' Boogie - Luke Jones
06. Worryin' Anyhow Blues - Luke Jones
07. Disc Jockey Blues - Luke Jones
08. What You Bet - Luke Jones

Side B:
01. If You Love Me Baby - Red Mack
02. Black Man's Blues - Red Mack
03. Mr Big Head - Red Mack
04. Just Like Two Drops Of Water - Red Mack
05. Midnight Blues - Luke Jones
06. Ditch Diggin' Daddy - Luke Jones
07. I Love You Love Me Too - Luke Jones
08. She's My Baby - Luke Jones

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Original post (26th January 2010):


From the original post:

Here’s a 1987 Krazy Kat LP which features some rollicking West Coast jump blues from the mid 1940s. All of theses sides were recorded for the Atlas label between early 1946 and mid 1947 with the exception of Red Mack’s single “Just Like Two Drops of Water” / “Mr Big Head” which was recorded for Mercury in early 1951. Wynonie Harris recorded a storming cover version of “Just Like Two Drops of Water” for King, but the original version is the one by Red Mack.

This collection centres on Luke Jones, bandleader, alto and baritone sax player and clarinettist who was born in Louisiana but as an infant moved to Los Angeles. From the late 1930s he was involved in the LA scene, playing for Lionel Hampton and Roy Milton before forming his own jump trio with pianist Betty Hall Jones and drummer / blues shouter George Vann. At the Atlas sessions the trio was augmented by trumpeter and vocalist Red Mack and bass player Chuck Barksdale. Two of the early 1946 sides were credited to Red Mack: “If You Love Me Baby” and “Black Man’s Blues.”

The music is the standard jump band mix of the 1940s – blues, boogies, shuffles and the occasional ballad. The contributions of Betty Hall Jones and George Vann are particularly fine. Miss Jones pounds out some great boogie while George Vann is a good blues shouter. This is yet another LP which has languished unplayed for a decade or two in my dusty vinyl vault. I’m glad I dusted it down for the blog – it’s a cracking little comp which spotlights musicians who perhaps weren’t up there with the bands of Louis Jordan, Roy Milton or Joe Liggins, but who nevertheless made music which still sounds good sixty years later.

Additional information:

All sides recorded for Atlas Records, Los Angeles, 1946 - 1947, except "Just Like Two Drops Of Water" / "Mr Big Head", recorded for Mercury in Los Angeles, 1951.

1. Jump The Boogie - Luke Jones (Atlas 122A, 123, 160) vocal - Joe Alexander & band
2. Feelin' Low Down - Luke Jones (Atlas 116) vocal - George Vann
3. Four Or Five Times - Luke Jones (Atlas 116) vocal - George Vann
4. Graveyard Blues - Luke Jones (Atlas 122) vocal - George Vann
5. Shufflin' Boogie - Luke Jones (Atlas 122, 122A, 160) vocal - Joe Alexander & band
6. Worryin' Anyhow Blues - Luke Jones (Atlas 123, 160) vocal - George Vann
7. Disc Jockey Blues - Luke Jones (Atlas 144) vocal - Joe Alexander
8. What You Bet - Luke Jones (Atlas 115) vocal - Red Mack
9. If You Love Me Baby - Red Mack (Atlas 117) vocal - Red Mack
10. Black Man's Blues - Red Mack (Atlas 117) vocal - Helen Andrews
11. Mr Big Head - Red Mack (Mercury 8217) vocal - Red Mack
12. Just Like Two Drops Of Water - Red Mack (Mercury 8217) vocal - Red Mack
13. Midnight Blues - Luke Jones (Atlas 135) vocal - Clarence Williams
14. Ditch Diggin' Daddy - Luke Jones (Atlas 134) vocal - Clarence Williams
15. I Love You Love Me Too - Luke Jones (Atlas 134) vocal - Red Mack
16. She's My Baby - Luke Jones (Atlas 135) vocal - Clarence Williams

Atlas 115 - Goin' Down Slow / What You Bet - Luke Jones & His Five Joes

Atlas 116 - Feelin' Low Down / Four Or Five Times - Luke Jones & His Five Joes

Atlas 117 - Black Man's Blues / If You Love Me Baby - Red Mack & His Orchestra

Atlas 122 - Graveyard Blues / Shufflin' Boogie - Luke Jones with Joe Alexander's Highlanders

Atlas 122A - Jump The Boogie / Shufflin' Boogie - Luke Jones with Joe Alexander's Highlanders

Atlas 123 - Worryin' Anyhow Blues / Jump The Boogie - Luke Jones with Joe Alexander's Highlanders

Atlas 134 - Ditch Diggin' Daddy / I Love You Love Me Too - Luke Jones & His Five Joes

Atlas 135 - Midnight Blues / She's My Baby - Luke Jones & His Five Joes

Atlas 144 - Disc Jockey Blues / Me Love - Luke Jones & His Orchestra

Mercury 8217 - Mr.Big Head / Just Like Two Drops Of Water - Red Mack and His Trumpet

Find more Betty Hall Jones on the blog here:




George Vann features on disc 4 of the JSP Jack McVea boxset "Rarely Was Honkin' Sax So Much Fun." 22 tracks on the CD are credited to George 'The Blues Man' Vann with The Sepia Tones, Joe Alexander's Highlanders, The Sprits Of Rhythm, Four Joes And a Jane, Johnny Alston, and Sylvester Scott. In addition there are 4 Alton Redd tracks. All of these tracks were recorded in LA 1944 - 1947. The other 3 CDs in the set have 76 Jack McVea tracks recorded between 1944 and 1947.


If you're interested in early West Coast jump, this is a great purchase!

3 comments:

SWingB said...

Any chance of a re-up of Red Mack with Luke Jones and his Orchestra? I heard an unreleased track (Mean Old Frisco) on YouTube - wow what a group! Thanks if you can!

boogiewoody said...

Hi SwingB (I dig the name)

I've tried to re-upload but my slow internet connection is causing a problem. I'll keep trying but it may take a day or two!

BW

boogiewoody said...

New link has been added to the post.

BW