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Jimmy Rushing

#1 Post by lipi » Wed Aug 12, 2009 2:42 pm

His birthday's in two weeks (the 26th of August), so I'm digging through my music looking for some things to play.

Things I've played in the past:
Boogie Woogie (1936)
Bye, Bye, Baby (1947)
Evenin' (1936)
I'm Coming Virginia (1958)
Knock Me a Kiss (1958)
Muddy Water (1960)
Rhythm in My Nursery Rhymes (1937)
Sent for You Yesterday (1938)
Sent for You Yesterday (1952)
Walking Slow behind You (1949)

Things I mean to play but haven't yet for whatever reason:
Exactly Like You (1967; with Earl Hines)
Goin' to Chicago (1939)

I recently bought the Brubeck/Rushing album, but I don't think I'm going to DJ with it. Maybe "Am I Blue"? Not sure. It's good listening, though. I also just got the Goodman in Brussels discs that Rayned mentioned in another thread. I have not listened to those yet.

Anything else you recommend? Love? Hate?
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#2 Post by JesseMiner » Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:34 pm

A few of my most played tracks (beyond ones you have already mentioned):

- "He Ain't Got Rhythm" by Benny Goodman - Sing Sing Sing
- "Brussels Blues" by Benny Goodman - The King In Person
- "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It" by Jimmy Rushing - Five Feet Of Soul
- "Do You Wanna Jump Children?" by Count Basie - Complete Decca Recordings
- "Boogie Woogie (I May Be Wrong)" by Count Basie - Newport 1957
- "Sent For You Yesterday" by Count Basie - Newport 1957
- "Good Rockin' Tonight" by Jimmy Rushing - Rushing Lullabies

Those are a few off the top of my head.


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#3 Post by lipi » Thu Aug 13, 2009 10:13 am

Thanks, Jesse!

I actually have some of those, and I forgot about them. Excellent stuff. "He Ain't Got Rhythm" is fantastic.

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#4 Post by J-h:n » Thu Aug 13, 2009 2:03 pm

Check out his early stuff, like "Blue Devil Blues" with Walter Page's Blue Devils (1929) or "New Orleans" with Bennie Moten (1930) - it's uncanny, Rushing sounds exactly like he would do 30 years later.

Also, some more Basie songs that I play a lot:

"Don't You Miss Your Baby" (1937)
"Georgianna" (1938)
"I Left My Baby" (1939) - perhaps Rushing's greatest slow blues
"Evil Blues" (1939)
"It's the Same Old South" (1940)

and of course, my favorite late-period Basie song,

"Evenin'" from Basie at Newport 1957. Pure magic.

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#5 Post by anton » Fri Aug 14, 2009 9:02 am

Can never get enough of early Basie:

Pennies From Heaven [1937]
Exactly Like You [1937]
Boo Hoo [1937]

Love those rolling R's he uses!

And one that I spin quite often, although the contribution from Jimmy is minimal:

Buck Clayton, Jimmy Rushing and Ada Moore - Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea [1955]

(This one is on Mosaic 228 - Columbia Small Group Swing Sessions 1953-62)

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#6 Post by djstarr » Tue Sep 22, 2009 2:18 pm

I have a later Jimmy Rushing album I play a lot - I think it's called "Everyday I have the Blues". recorded 70ish.

There is a great version of "Sent for you Yesterday" that is high energy, 185 bpm. There are also some really great blues torch song numbers.

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#7 Post by lipi » Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:15 pm

I stumbled across this thread again, and thought I'd post the things I ended up playing. I spread them through the two and a half hour night, so about one in every five songs featured Jimmy Rushing.

"He Ain't Got Rhythm", Benny Goodman, 1935 (156)
"My Bucket's Got a Hole in It", Jimmy Rushing, 1963 (158)
"Muddy Water", Jimmy Rushing, 1960 (179)
"Boogie Woogie", Jones-Smith Incorporated, 1936 (181)
"Evenin'", Jones-Smith Incorporated, 1936 (163)
"Walking Slow behind You", Count Basie, 1949 (152)
"Sent for You Yesterday", Count Basie, 1938 (166)
"It's the Same Old South", Count Basie, 1940 (157)
"I'm Coming Virginia", Jimmy Rushing, 1958 (151)

I also played "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea", Buck Clayton, 1955 (151), though as Anton already mentioned, Jimmy merely shouts a little in the background.

Thanks again for all the suggestions.