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Rushing Lullabies / Little Jimmy R & Big Brass
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, R&B
An absolutely essential jazz vocal session...
a | 06/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Two sessions from Rushing's Columbia years, on one essental CD, the two sessions are very different. The 1st Rushing session is backed by a swingin' brassy big band for a set of timeless jazz standards with perhaphs the best vocal versions of "I'm Coming virginia" and "When You're Smiling" ever to be recorded. Rushing's voice like Billie Holiday's is ageless and never dated, one of the finest jazz and standard bearers ever to record. The second session is with a small jazz combo, more blues oriented, which takes him back to his roots with the Basie band years, though the second session a mixture of jazz and blues standards, just as timeless as the 1st session. Both sessions give plenty of room for some all star jazz soloists, which are all excellent. Perhaphs this is some of Rushing's finest recordings(also try The Dave Brubeck-Jimmy Rushing release from Columbia). This CD is Highly Recommended and should be required for all serious jazz and classic blues afficianados."
Rushing is the master!
E. Hawkins | Sydney, Australia | 07/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You can keep Kevin Mahogany. Jimmy Rushing was the real thing -- a blues singer with all the moves. What a voice! Rushing could be guttural and hoarse, but he knew exactly when to croon, too. This is a terrific reissue, putting two great LPs on one CD. The first, 'Little Jimmy Rushing and the Big Brass Band' is a relaxed big band session featuring solists of the calibre of Coleman Hawkins and Buddy Tate. Highlights are the bright opener, 'I'm Coming Virginia', which Jimmy climaxes with one of his grainy high notes, and the wonderfully loping 'Mr. Five by Five', a song written about Jimmy but one he'd never recorded. The second album, 'Rushing Lullabies' is a small-group, bluesier outing. I must admit to finding Sir Charles Thompson's organ off-putting (Jimmy Smith he ain't), but anyone who can listen to 'Russian Lullaby' without tapping his or her feet should be checked for a pulse. An essential purchase."