Personnel includes: Louis Jordan (vocals, clarinet, alto, tenor & baritone saxophones); Yack Taylor, Daisy Winchester, Mabel Robinson, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Martha Davis (vocals); Carl Hogan, Bill Jennings (electric guitar); Stafford Simon (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Lem Johnson, Kenneth Holt (clarinet, tenor saxophone); James Wright, Josh Jackson (tenor saxophone); Courtney Williams, Freddy Webster, Eddie Roane, Aaron Izenhall, Bob Mitchell, Harold Mitchell (trumpet); Clarence Johnson, Arnold Thomas, Wild Bill Davis, Bill Doggett, Hank Jones (piano); Charlie Drayton, Henry Turner, Jesse Simpkins, Dallas Bartley, Al Morgan, Bob Bushnell, Billy Hadnott (bass); Walter Martin, Rossiere Wilson, Joe Morris (drums).
Recorded between 1938 & 1950.
Personnel: Kenneth Hollon (vocals, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet); Ella Fitzgerald, Mabel Robinson, Daisy Winchester, Bing Crosby (vocals); Bill Jennings (electric guitar, claves); James "Ham" Jackson, John Collins, Carl Hogan (electric guitar); Stafford Simon (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Freddie Simon, Lem Johnson (clarinet, tenor saxophone); James Wright , Josh Jackson (tenor saxophone); Freddy Webster, Leonard Graham, Courtney Williams, Aaron Izenhall, Eddie Roane, Bob Mitchell (trumpet); Hank Jones , Arnold Thomas, William Austin, Wild Bill Davis, Bill Doggett (piano); Eddie Boyd, Rossiere "Shadow" Wilson, Wilmore Slick Jones, Joe Morris , Walter Martin, Alex Mitchell , Charlie Smith (drums); Calypso Boys (claves, maracas); Vic Lourie (claves); Harry Dialmaracas (maracas).
Liner Note Author: Louisa Hufstader.
Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (03/29/1938-12/21/1950); New York, NY (03/29/1938-12/21/1950).
This magnificent five-CD set from the British label JSP has all of Louis Jordan's studio recordings (not counting radio transcriptions, V-Discs, and rarities unearthed by the Bear Family label) from his first date as a leader in 1938 through the end of 1950. Jordan would continue recording regularly for the Decca label into 1953, but all of his hits are on this set plus a variety of lesser-known but superior material. In other words, get this set and one really has the very best of Jordan. A fine altoist who was a personable singer, a subtle comedian, and a winning personality, Jordan pioneered the move of jazz from big-band swing to small-group jump music and early R&B. Once he caught on with the 40th song on this set ("Knock Me a Kiss"), Jordan had hit after hit including many songs that are still greatly beloved such as "Five Guys Named Moe," "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie," and "Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens." There are many fine solos throughout this set (particularly from Jordan and his trumpeters) and nearly every selection is memorable. While Jordan's recordings have been repackaged and reissued in many ways through the years, this is the most logical way to acquire this timeless and joyful music. ~ Scott Yanow