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Everyday I Have the Blues / Livin the Blues
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, R&B
It's 1967, the winter before the summer of love. And swing-era-born blues shouter Jimmy Rushing's "Berkeley Campus Blues" sported this observation: "We've got sit-ins, drop-outs, and freedom fighters, too/ We've got sit-in... more »
It's 1967, the winter before the summer of love. And swing-era-born blues shouter Jimmy Rushing's "Berkeley Campus Blues" sported this observation: "We've got sit-ins, drop-outs, and freedom fighters, too/ We've got sit-ins, drop-outs, and freedom fighters, too/ We've got kooks and politicians--everything but kids in school." Rushing laid Everyday I Have the Blues and Livin' the Blues to wax over two days in February of '67, and both cuts appear in their entirety on this spectacular CD. As always, Rushing is a topnotch, peerless shouter, belting it out with a charging band led by arranger Oliver Nelson and fronted by trumpeter Clark Terry and trombonist Dicky Wells. On organ and piano there's Hank Jones, filling the alleys and spaces between Rushing's full-bodied vocal attack. The whole affair is surprising, especially considering that upon their release, these LPs were presented by Impulse!, then known as home to the late-Coltrane-inspired energy jazz of Pharoah Sanders and others. Rushing's seemingly apolitical blues are an anomaly considering the intense political nature of jazz at the time (and the idea that lots of the swing-era cats were somehow no longer cool), but it's vital to remember how powerfully Rushing transcends genres and eras. This is jumping, stirring blues and snappy swing at once. And if anything, Rushing was just a touch old school, expressing in "Berkeley Campus Blues" the idea that the right to education--for African Americans especially--was hard fought and worthy itself of some curricular attendance. Whether there's consensus on the point or not, Rushing's blues is some of the best, and he shines brightly here. --Andrew Bartlett
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Excellent value Two-fer
Darryl Nightingale | 06/16/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This great reissue combines two of Jimmy Rushing's finest albums from his post-Basie period.Jimmy's legendary voice is in good form here, and his delivery is clear and lively. There is excellent musicianship throughout.Some of the songs are re-recordings of tracks he had recorded earlier with Count Basie, which are now regarded as classics of the genre.Although Rushing achieved his greatest fame during the 15 years he spent in front of the Count Basie Band, the music on this CD is far from second-rate.Indeed, Rushing's post-Basie recordings simply enhanced his reputation as a great jazz singer/blues shouter, and it was during these years that Rushing was named "Best Male Singer" four times by British magazine "Melody Maker" in their annual Critic's Poll, "Best Male Singer" four times by "Downbeat" magizine's International Critic's Poll, and "Best Male Jazz Vocalist" by German magazine "Jazz Podium".If there is any need for proof that the incredible Mr. Five-by-Five could still put it all together and make it swing in the twighlight of his carear, this release is it. Highly recommended."
Everyday I can play Jimmy's blues...
Ramon Melendez | Anaheim, CA USA | 08/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This record is so awesome you can play it everyday...What else can be said about Jimmy Rushing's singing??? Mr. 5x5 is simply the best and he shows it here with a smaller ensemble, as opposed to a Basie's big band. He is simply pure joy to listen... And the ensemble is smooooking behind him with Dicky Well's trombone leading the way... You can't go wrong here..."