Big Horn: the History of the Honkin' & Screamin' Saxophone Box set, Compilation
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A four CD set with the customary exemplary Properbox standard of packaging and presentation. Includes a fat 68 page illustrated booklet with potted biographies of the players and full discographical details. Powerful music appeal to jiving jazzers, jump rhythm n blues fans and rock n rollers.
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I won't review all of the song selections, because there are a ton, but I will say that every song in this set is worth every penny.
At the time of these recordings (1942-1952) this music was commonly called "Jump Blues". It was the forerunner to Rock and Roll. Unlike early R & R music that highlighted white musicians and the guitar, Jump Blues highlighted black musicians and the saxophone (mostly tenor). This was not commonly played in mainstream America, although many of the musicians such as, Illinois Jacquet, were getting some notoriety on the jazz scene.
This was perceived as "devil's" music and white radio, for the most part, wouldn't touch it. Remember, this is almost 15 years before Bill Haley, Alan Freed or Elvis Presley. However, many white musicians would later record these songs and make a commercial success out of them.
I would recommend this box set to young and old alike. Along with the fantastic selection of songs, it comes with an outstanding booklet talking about the music and the artists. This music stills packs the same punch it did over 50 years ago. Take a listen!!!!!
Many musical styles are covered here: swing, big band, boogie, bebop, R&B and more.
There's a huge selection of songs and artists and every track is great!
The accompanying booklet is loaded with facts about the music and the musicians.
The sound quality of this set is excellent.
Proper has come up with yet another value-packed box set!
THE BIG HORN: The History of the Honkin' & Screamin' Saxophone. Proper Records. 2003. 4 CDs plus booklet. Var. groups led by Illinois Jacquet, Arnett Cobb, Wild Bill Moore, Hal Singer, Eddie Chamblee, Red Prysock, Earl Bostic, Joe Thomas, Harold Land, Big Jay McNeely, Eddie `Lockjaw' Davis, Sam `The Man' Taylor, Willis Jackson, Buddy Tate, Al Sears, and others.
I bought the Doggett collection and the four CD collection of saxophone honkers as trip down Memory Lane. This was the kind of music the chaperones at our high school sock hops didn't want us to listen to in the early to mid-fifties, but we listened any way. The Doggett group always included a Down South guitar player and a drummer, sounding much like a pre-show version of the wildly successful Jimmy Smith trio in the very late fifties and early sixties. On some cuts, he added a honking tenor saxist but all of the pieces are made from the same basic formula, vintage instrumental group r&b. Recorded by King Records of country western and R&B fame, the cuts are shorter -none hits the three-minute mark so they played well on the juke boxes that were ubiquitous in restaurants and bars back then. It's satisfying, if unchallenging, music, and it reminds me of my youth, so I'm glad I got it. It makes great cruising music while driving.
The Big Horn is more of the same, with many of the great names of the r&b era -from the precursor Illinois Jacquet (on one cut, with the Lionel Hampton band) to my personal favorites, Big Jay McNeely and Earl Bostic. (How can I forget dancing, my body as close as I could get it to the girl I was dancing with, to Earl Bostic's great "Flamingo." Proper Records deserves plaudits for this collection, which ranges widely, and includes many fine players who were NOT household (ore even teenager household) names -listen to Weasel Parker's "Typhoon" or, one of my favorites in the whole collection, Fats Noel's "Ride Daddy Ride," the lyrics of which are one long double entendre, and not a very subtle one at that. Still, my favorite cuts are those by Big Jay McNeely and Earl Bostic. In general, this music came from big band swing, simplifying and roughing up the beat and emphasizing the potential of the alto and tenor saxes to scream and preach like human voices, or it came straight from the blues and boogie woogie. There are 106 cuts in this collection! Again, it's great cruising music. "Ride, Daddy, ride!"
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