This is from Hampton’s “New Movements in Be-Bop” album (1947) which is a real treasure of the initial be-bop storm that was happening in New York in the 40s. Featuring a young, hungry Charles Mingus on bass playing his own composition, the futuristic “Mingus Fingers”, Hamp’s orchestra is as spirited, and tight, as ever.

 

Lionel Hampton - Mingus Fingers

Such a great great jumpy blues, a hopper and a skipper for them alive ones; tappin’ away on repeat at home, too. Crudup outdoes Elvis by some 10 years. Made in Chicago.

Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, voice  & guitar

Melvin Draper, drums

December, 1944

 

Arthur %22Big Boy%22 Crudup - Who's Been Foolin You 78rpm

This is a Greek Decca, #4056. “O riQProE” is my English alphabet translation of the Greek title. I have no clue about any of the information on this label, unfortunately.

But the tune is a wonderful Greek folk-dance number, almost like a very sophisticated waltz; with harmonized vocals, compound rhythms and perfect string interplay.

 

Greek Decca 4056 - %22O riqproe%22 78rpm

Florencia Morales Ramos, “Ramito”, is one of the kings of Puerto Rican Jibaro music. Born in 1915, in Caguas, PR, he was considered a really good singer by the age of thirteen; and by the late 1930s he was a renowned star. He had a long career, even playing for JFK at the White House in 1961 in a huge showcase of Puerto Rican talent.

“Una Mujer en Mi Vida” is a bolero son, and totally infectious. It is full of those famous conga rhythms, horn lines, and vocal harmonies which really make so much of Puerto Rican music so sexy and hip-swerving.  And of course, Ramito’s beautiful tenor just soars.

Recorded in New York, NY, on the rare BMC label.

 

Ramito - Una Mujer en Mi Vida

Mr. Charles COULD certainly play a mambo if he felt like it; and lord was he a brilliant piano player who could SWING-it when he felt like that, thank the LORD.

From 1956, when he was 26yo.

mary ann selda

 

mary ann ray charles

 

 

Conti Condoli was a well-known trumpeter in the 1940s & 50s. He had a long, strong, and creative career playing and recording with superstars of the era: Sarah Vaughn, Stan Kenton and Woody Herman to name a few. Remarkably, in 1972, he ended up a permanent fixture in the Tonight Show band; Johnny Carson was the host of the show.

Here he is on a rare side as leader, on a small-ran Chicago label called Chance. This delicious mambo features legendary Chicago horn man/woodwind man, Ira Sullivan!

From 1954, an urban scorcher, and recorded so beautifully.

 


Conti Condoli - Mambo Junior 78rpm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made in Chicago, this Magic Sam side, on the Cobra Record Corp. label, is a classic – this one has been haunting me for weeks now, and I just can’t get enough of this all-out soulful, electric blues sound. Late 50s cut; Magic Sam has a vocal delivery so reminiscent of the great Otis Rush at this time in his career (and they were Cobra label mates during these years, so); the guitar sounds like voltage being strummed.

Yes, this one is a tad scratchy because it has been loved to death in one jukebox or another for many years, years ago. I dug it out for free virtually at a favorite vinyl shop. I hope to have this one forever.

 

Magic Sam - Everything Gonna Be Alright