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The History Of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Vol. 1 - 1921-1949
Various Artists

©Rhythm And Blues Records 2011

More than any other city in the world, New Orleans has been responsible for shaping the sound of twentieth century popular music. Sweeping statement that may be, but as the birthplace of jazz, funk and arguably rock’n’roll, it really has no other contenders. At the heart of these three widely different varieties of music lies the rhythmic complexity of second line parade drumming. Its two-beat patterns combining military band and Caribbean rhythms underpin the early recordings of Louis Armstrong as much as they do those of Little Richard and James Brown. This compilation highlights some of the distinguishing characteristics found in early New Orleans recordings, not with the intention of picking out the city’s finest jazz and blues recordings but in order to pinpoint styles that would foreshadow later developments in the rhythm and blues field.

Key Elements of New Orleans R&B

Low, greasy, horn sections of baritone and tenor saxes playing chords in unison

Percussive, staccato piano rhythms played in triplets and rolling piano arpeggios

A tendency to play in a slower tempo with a more laid-back feel

A preference for traditional eight or sixteen-bar harmonic song structure over the twelve-bar blues format

Two-bar rhythmic phrasing similar to that found in the Caribbean

A unique rhythmic tension derived from bands playing straight time and shuffle time simultaneously

Disc One When The Saints Go Marching In
Sidney Bechet – Louis Armstrong – Jelly Roll Morton - Harlem Hamfats – Zutty Singleton – Danny Barker
Disc Two Old New Orleans Blues
Champion Jack Dupree – Cousin Joe - Kid Stormy Weather - Creole George Guesnon - Little Brother Montgomery



Disc One

1. When The Saints Go Marching In Sidney Bechet's Blue Note Jazzmen
2. Maple Leaf Rag Jelly Roll Morton
3. Tiger Rag New Orleans Rhythm Kings
4. A Handful Of Riffs Lonnie Johnson & Eddie Lang
5. Perdido Street Blues Johnny Dodds
6. Put Me In The Alley Blues Richard M Jones
7. Traveling Blues Lovie Austin And Her Blues Serenaders
8. Sweet Mumtaz Luis Russell
9. Wiggle Yo Toes Q.R.S. Boys
10. Root Hog Or Die The Harlem Hamfats
11. Runenae Papa Horace Eubanks with Zutty Singleton
12. The Big Noise From Winnetka Bauduc & Haggard
13. Dear Old Southland Sidney Bechet & Noble Sissle
14. Sous Les Palmiers Haitian Orchestra with Sidney Bechet
15. Look Over Yonder Zutty Singleton
16. King Porter Stomp Zutty Singleton and his Orchestra
17. Besame Mucho Edmond Hall
18. Mo Pas Lemme Ca James P. Johnson
19. Chocko Mo Feendo Hey Danny Barker
20. Tootie Ma Is A Big Fine Thing Danny Barker
21. Eh La Bas Paul Barbarin
22. Blanche Touquatoux Kid Ory & His Creole Jazz Band
23. Just a Closer Walk with Thee George Lewis Eureka Brass Band
24. South Rampart Street Parade Bob Crosby's Bobcats
25. The Saints Papa Lightfoot

Disc Two

1. St. James Infirmary Louis Armstrong
2. Didn't He Ramble Louis Armstrong
3. James Alley Blues Richard Rabbitt Brown
4. Crazy Cryin' Blues Memphis Minnie
5. New Orleans Joys Jelly Roll Morton
6. Old New Orleans Blues Willie Jackson
7. Mama Cookie Ann Cook
8. Black Snake Blues King Oliver
9. I'm Not Rough Louis Armstrong
10. Funny Feathers Victoria Spivey
11. Louisiana Bound Charley Taylor
12. Bread And Water Blues Kid Stormy Weather
13. Lafayette - Joseph Falcon Joseph Falcon
14. Keep A Knockin' Milton Brown
15. Deceived Blues Annie Turner
16. Cabbage Greens No. 1 Jack Dupree
17. Mississippi Town Creole George Guesnon
18. Gran Prairie Happy Fats & Rayne-bo Ramblers
19. New Low Down Dog Champion Jack Dupree
20. I'm Cuttin' Out The Harlem Hamfats
21. Sidney's Blues Sidney Bechet
22. Just As Soon As I Go Home Cousin Joe
23. Hackberry Hop Harry Choates & His Melody Boys
24. Trouble In Mind Lonnie Johnson with Karl Jones
25. Junker Blues Champion Jack Dupree
26. Box Car Shorty And Peter Blue Cousin Joe

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