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From Jazz Club To Juke Box; Best Selling Jazz Singles of 1961
From Jazz Club To Juke Box; Best Selling Jazz Singles of 1961

Various Artists
Catalogue Number: RANDB019
Jazz musicians in the Fifties enthusiastically embraced the long playing record, which allowed them to record the same extended improvisations that they were making in a live setting. Nevertheless, alongside this more purist jazz recording practice, 45rpm jazz singles continued to be released in small batches throughout that decade, to satisfy frequenters of juke joints and bars in African American communities. When Ray Bryant’s catchy gospel-based single Little Susie crashed into the Billboard R&B charts in March 1960, record companies began to take notice of the untapped potential of this jazz crossover style, targeted at an emerging audience of beatniks who had begun to congregate in jazz clubs at the end of the 1950s. The cross fertilisation from jazz to pop music via the 45rpmsingle was a major influence on the music of the 1960s. Focusing on the pivotal year of 1961, this CD cherry picks that year’s bestselling singles as well as some of its most influential jazz recordings, offering the listener a new perspective on the popularisation of jazz.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 Sack Of Woe Ray Bryant Combo
2 One Mint Julep Ray Charles
3 I Got A Woman Jimmy Smith
4 African Waltz Cannonball Adderley
5 Baia Stanley Turrentine
6 The Hooter Ernie Wilkins
7 The Cylinder Milt Jackson
8 Take Five Carmen McRae with the Dave Brubeck Quartet
9 Here We Come The Three Sounds
10 Hard Times Aretha Franklin
11 The Ripper Ramsey Lewis Trio
12 My Favorite Things John Coltrane
13 Swingin' At Sugar Ray's Baby Face Willette
14 Jeannine Duke Pearson
15 Titora Yusef Lateef
16 Gone On And Get That Church Les McCann
17 Work Song Nina Simone
18 Unsquare Dance Dave Brubeck
19 Hey, Mrs. Jones Jimmy Witherspoon
20 A Taste Of Honey Bobby Scott
21 Exodus Eddie Harris
22 Comin' Home Baby Herbie Mann
23 Image Hank Levine
24 Basie Twist Count Basie
25 It's A Raggy Waltz Dave Brubeck
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Walkin' Herbie Mann
2 Tune-Up Wes Montgomery
3 So Tired Bobby Timmons
4 Mo-lasses Joe Newman
5 Letter From Home Junior Mance
6 Big 'P' Jimmy Heath
7 Blue Riff Stanley Turrentine & The Three Sounds
8 Gravy Train Lou Donaldson
9 Dig Dis Hank Mobley
10 Why Don't You Do Right? Herbie Mann
11 Easy Does It Bobby Timmons
12 Ghana Donald Byrd
13 Joe's Avenue Wynton Kelly
14 Water Boy Don Shirley Trio
15 Emancipation Blues Oliver Nelson
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