Just before the United States joined the Second World War, Jazz was at a crossroads. Big Band Swing was at the height of its popularity amongst white jazz fans, but black audiences were tiring of the bland, easy listening fare being served up by the likes of Glenn Miller. It was high time to put some excitement back into jazz, and the ‘honkers and screamers’ were in the right place at the right time to do it. Jazz purists hated it, but the public lapped it up.

This set brings together all the jazz and R&B instrumentals that reached the R&B charts between 1942 and 1963 and draws a connecting line between Swing, Bebop, Boogie, Jive, Mambo, Rock’n’roll, culminating in the funky organ grooves of Booker T and Jimmy Smith. It still has the irresistible energy that seduced so many in the Forties, Fifties and Sixties and changed the character of popular music forever.

We couldn’t get all the hits even on to 4 CDs, so there is an extra 2CD set available as a free bonus set only available direct from us.


With its comprehensive, almost scholarly approach, this is a fantastic project – just what the instrumental collector/historian ordered. But it also makes for good entertainment as the sequencing of the tracks is adjusted for listening pleasure. Alan Taylor Pipeline

The extensive notes include recording dates, composer, artist, original catalogue numbers and chart entry number/date. There are just so many great tunes here that at times you could be overwhelmed but you’ll be dancing and smiling so never mind. GRAEME SCOTT Blues Matters

Here’s a killer compilation of swing, jazz, smoochers, mild/wild rockin’ jivers to fill any sax-loving fan with delight and every one a hit. Compiler Nick Duckett has combed the charts of Billboard, Cashbox R&B, even Pop to come up with the goods, from número uno to a humble #128. You should have no difficulty with most, if not all of the acts, tho some of the titles may be unfamiliar. With bulging booklet, amply illustrated…if you’re a sax maniac, you’re in hog heaven…more than well worth a listen. Tony Martin American Music Magazine/NDT

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Disc One
1. Main Stem Duke Ellington
2. Hamp’s Boogie Woogie #1 Lionel Hampton
3. Shuffle Woogie Joe Lutcher’s Jump Band
4. After Hours Erskine Hawkins
5. Blow Illinois Blow Illinois Jacquet
6. Shuffle Boogie Will Rowland & Orchestra
7. Midnight Special Tiny Grimes
8. Back Street Eddie Chamblee
9. Corn Bread Hal Singer
10. Long Gone (Pt. 2) Sonny Thompson
11. The Huckle-Buck Paul “Hucklebuck” Williams
12. Deacon’s Hop Big Jay McNeely’s Blue Jays
13. Blues For The Red Boy Todd Rhodes & His Orchestra
14. Mad Lad Sir Charles Thompson’s All Stars
15. Cole Slaw Frank Culley
16. Blues After Hours Pee Wee Crayton
17. T Town Twist Roy Milton
18. Mambo Boogie Johnny Otis
19. Red Top Gene Ammons
20. Fat Meat ‘n’ Greens Edgar Hayes
21. One O’Clock Boogie Count Basie
22. Page Boy Shuffle Joe Thomas
23. Castle Rock Johnny Hodges
24. Old Time Shuffle Blues Lloyd Glenn & Fulson Unit
25. 845 Stomp Earl Bostic
26. Night Train Jimmy Forrest
27. Mellow Blues (Pt. 1) Sonny Thompson
28. Juke Little Walter & His Night Cats

Disc Two
1. Corn Bread Erskine Hawkins
2. Chica Boo Lloyd Glenn
3. Late Freight Sonny Thompson
4. Thirty-Five-Thirty Paul “Hucklebuck” Williams
5. Layin’ the Boogie Piano Red
6. Blue Flame Lennie Lewis
7. Tenderly Lynn Hope
8. Texas Hop Pee Wee Crayton
9. Block Buster Boogie Cecil Payne
10. Sad Hours Little Walter & His Night Caps
11. Junior Jives Roy Milton’s Solid Senders
12. Manteca Dizzy Gillespie
13. All Night Long Rusty Bryant
14. Hot Biscuits Jay McShann
15. Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid Lester Young
16. Walkin’ With Sid Arnett Cobb
17. Flamingo Earl Bostic
18. Doby’s Boogie Freddie Mitchell
19. Solo Flight Benny Goodman
20. Port Of Rico Illinois Jacquet
21. Hoppin’ The Griffin Brothers
22. C Blues Barney Bigard & His Orchestra
23. Roll ‘Em Joe Liggins
24. D’Natural Blues Lucky Millinder
25. Wild Wig Big Jay McNeely
26. Flying Home Lionel Hampton Orchestra
27. Barbados Charlie Parker
28. Beef Stew Hal Singer

Disc Three
1. Honky Tonk (Pt. 1) Bill Doggett
2. Jivin’ Around (Pt. 1) Ernie Freeman
3. Topsy (Pt. 2) Cozy Cole
4. Dumplins Doc Bagby
5. Slow Walk Sil Austin
6. Johnny’s House Party (Pt. 1) John Heartsman
7. Tricky Gus Jenkins
8. The Hunch Bobby Peterson Quintet
9. Hide Away Freddy King
10. Mashed Potatoes (Pt. 1) Nat Kendrick & The Swans
11. You Can’t Sit Down (Pt. 1) Phil Upchurch
12. Sweet Sixteen Bars Earl Grant
13. House Warmin’ Howard McGhee & Blazers
14. I’ve Got A Woman (Pt. 1) Jimmy McGriff
15. Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Pt. 2) Jessie Hill
16. Last Night The Mar-Keys
17. Soul Twist King Curtis
18. Night Train James Brown
19. Sack O’ Woe Ray Bryant
20. One Mint Julep Ray Charles
21. Walk On The Wild Side (Pt. 1) Jimmy Smith
22. Green Onions Booker T. & The MG’s
23. Watermelon Man Mongo Santamaria Band
24. Hot Cakes Dave “Baby” Cortez
25. Big Mr. C The Link Eddy Combo
26. Dawn David Rockingham Trio
27. Gonzo James Booker
28. African Waltz Cannonball Adderley
29. The Slide (Pt. 2) Googie Rene
30. Hold It Bill Doggett

Disc Four
1. Rockhouse (Pt. 1) Ray Charles
2. San-Ho-Zay Freddy King
3. The Clouds The Spacemen
4. Hard Times Noble ‘Thin Man’ Watts
5. Manhattan Spiritual Reg Owen & His Orchestra
6. Watermelon Man Herbie Hancock
7. Roller Coaster Little Walter
8. Soft Tiny Bradshaw
9. Ram Bunk Shush Bill Doggett
10. Rinky Dink Dave “Baby” Cortez
11. 7 – 11 The Gone All Stars
12. Morning After The Mar-Keys
13. Late Date The Parkays
14. Nervous Boogie Paul Gayten
15. In the Mood Ernie Fields
16. Poinciana Ahmad Jamal
17. Raunchy Ernie Freeman
18. Jellybread Booker T. & The MG’s
19. Wiggle Wobble Les Cooper & Soul Rockers
20. Little Susie (Pt .4) Ray Bryant Trio
21. Bongo Rock Preston Epps
22. The Happy Organ Dave “Baby” Cortez
23. Walkin’ With Mr Lee Lee Allen & His Band
24. Red Pepper (Pt. 1) Roosevelt Fountain
25. Flapjacks Googie Rene
26. Back At The Chicken Shack Jimmy Smith
27. Exodus Eddie Harris
28. April In Paris Count Basie
29. Water Boy Don Shirley Trio
30. Pipe Dreams Jimmy Beck
31. Fever Pete Bennett & Embers

An extra 2CD set available as a free bonus only if bought direct from us.

BONUS Disc One
1. Beulah´s Boogie Lionel Hampton
2. A Pound of Blues Johnny Hodges
3. The Twister Paul Williams
4. Still Gone (Pt. 4) Sonny Thompson
5. Hawk’s Boogie Erskine Hawkins
6. After Hour Session Frank Culley
7. Red Bank Boogie Count Basie
8. Blues At Dawn (Pt. 1) Edgar Hayes
9. Lester Leaps Again Lester Young
10. Blow Mr. Jackson Joe Liggins
11. Waxey Maxie Paul Williams
12. Red’s Boogie Piano Red
13. Blue Dreams Sonny Thompson
14. Temptation Earl Bostic
15. Tanya Joe Liggins
16. Sleep Earl Bostic
17. Going Out The Back Way Johnny Hodges
18. Cecil’s Boogie Cecil Gant
19. Blues On Rhumba Sonny Thompson
20. Jumpin’ At Apollo Illinois Jacquet
21. Tippin’ In Erskine Hawkins
22. Sneakin’ Out Erskine Hawkins
23. Walkin’ Around Paul Williams
24. Buttermilk Jay McShann
25. Back Door Stuff (Pt. 1) Jimmie Lunceford
26. Tennessee Waltz Blues Sticks McGhee
27. Apollo Jump Lucky Millinder

BONUS Disc Two
1. Leaps And Bounds (Pts. 1 & 2) Bill Doggett
2. The Madison Time (Pt. 2) Ray Bryant
3. Off the Wall Little Walter
4. Memphis Lonnie Mack
5. Beach Party King Curtis
6. All About My Girl Jimmy McGriff
7. Heavy Juice Tiny Bradshaw
8. Chinese Checkers Booker T & MG’s
9. The Greasy Spoon Hank Marr
10. Organ Shout Dave Cortez
11. The Jam (Pt. 1) Bobby Gregg
12. Slow Walk Bill Doggett
13. The Hunch Paul Gayten
14. Dumplin’s Ernie Freeman
15. Soft Bill Doggett
16. Rainbow Riot (Pts 1 & 2) Bill Doggett
17. Midnight Special (Pt. 1) Jimmy Smith
18. Secret Love Ahmad Jamal
19. Birthday Party Sil Austin
20. Boo Da Ba Bill Doggett
21. Blip Blop Bill Doggett
22. The Twist Ernie Freeman
23. Happy Weekend Dave Cortez
24. Pop-Eye Stroll The Mar-Keys
25. Tic Toc Lee Allen
26. Swingin’ Shepherd Blues Johnny Pate
27. Bongo Bongo Bongo Preston Epps

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