VA - Great R&B Instrumentals (2001)
Mp3 CBR320 kbps | 65:52 min | 371 Mb (5% Rec.)
Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, Rock & Roll | Label: Ace Records
The title Great R&B Instrumentals suggests a category wide enough to include a lot more than the 25 songs, spanning the late '40s to the mid-'60s, heard on this disc. Among the familiar tunes, some of those are unquestioned classics, like Jimmy Forrest's 1952 number one hit, "Night Train," Joe Liggins' "The Honeydripper" (though it's a 1950 remake and not the 1945 original), Pee Wee Crayton's "Blues After Hours," Paul Williams' "The Huckle-Buck," Joe Houston's astonishingly athletic sax showcase "All Night Long," Ernie Freeman's "Jivin' Around" (both parts are included), and Booker T. & the MG's' 1965 single "Red Beans and Rice" (not a hit, but one of their great grooves anyway). Much of the rest is of also-ran quality, however, even if some of the names (Rene Hall, Maxwell Davis, Plas Johnson) were important session men and arrangers.