Blues Around the Clock

Blues Around the Clock

by Willie Bryant & His OrchestraWillie Bryant & His Orchestra


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Willie Bryant, an important bandleader for a time in the 1930s, was a familiar and likable fixture at the Apollo Ballroom in the 1940s and '50s, acting as an M.C. and taking an occasional vocal. This Delmark CD draws its songs from the Apollo label and emphasizes early R&B. Ten songs feature Bryant (including two-part versions of "Blues Around the Country" and "Blues Around the Clock") and on some of the tracks the backup group features altoist Tab Smith and trumpeter Taft Jordan. Doc Pomus and the obscure Bob Range have four vocals apiece, Laurel Watson is heard on two songs and Ben Smith sings "Reboppin' for Red." This CD is consistently satisfying and easily recommended to fans of the era.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/06/1996
Label: Delmark
UPC: 0038153068523
catalogNumber: 685
Rank: 147178

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Bryant & His Orchestra   Primary Artist
Bill Doggett   Piano
Leonard Feather   Piano
John Hicks   Tenor Saxophone
Tab Smith   Alto Saxophone
Taft Jordan   Trumpet,Vocals
Chuck Wayne   Guitar
Ben Brown   Bass
William Bryant   Keyboards
Panama Francis   Drums
Frank Galbreath   Trumpet
Henry Glover   Trumpet
Leroy Harris   Guitar
Haywood Henry   Baritone Saxophone
Archie Johnson   Trumpet
Walter Johnson   Drums
Leroy Kirkland   Guitar
Dan Minor   Trombone
Doc Pomus   Vocals,Track Performer
Jimmy Powell   Alto Saxophone
Steve Pulliam   Trombone,Vocals
Robert Range   Trombone,Vocals,Track Performer
Ben Smith   Vocals,Track Performer
Leemie Stanfield   Bass
Ralph Williams   Guitar
Laurel Watson   Vocals,Track Performer
Willie Bryant   Vocals,Track Performer
Bobby Smith   Alto Saxophone
Billy Taylor   Bass
Sammy Lowe   Trumpet
Mike Hedley   Alto Saxophone
Joe Murphy   Drums
Duke Anderson   Piano
John Levy   Bass

Technical Credits

Frank Driggs   Liner Notes
Robert G. Koester   Producer
Robert Range   Composer
Lowe   Composer
Dave Jones   Quality Control
Sammy Lowe   Composer
Kate Hoddinott   Art Direction
Steve Wagner   Producer

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