The United Records Story

The United Records Story


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A pioneering black-owned record label, United Records featured many obscure (and a few famous, such as Jimmy Forrest's "Night Train") and rewarding recordings during the 1951-57 period. This excellent sampler features jumping jazz, blues, R&B and gospel performances. Two of the selections are previously unreleased alternate takes and there are also ten numbers that are appearing on CD for the first time. One comes away from this program impressed by both the high quality of the music and the wide range recorded for United. Jazz is represented by baritonist Leo Parker, altoists Chris Woods and Tab Smith, the tenors of Jimmy Coe and Paul Bascomb, and Jimmy Forrest and guitarist Tiny Grimes with some of those performances crossing over into R&B. Also featured in excellent form are Roosevelt Sykes (an exciting alternate version of "Fine and Brown"), Junior Wells, Robert Nighthawk, the multi-instrumental Ray McKinstry (heard on all of the instruments during "Dinah"), the Four Blazes and the Pastels. In reality, all 22 numbers have their exciting moments. In time all of these recordings will certainly be reissued by Delmark on more complete CDs but this is a superior sampler, perfect as an introduction to this vintage music.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2004
Label: Delmark
UPC: 0038153077525
catalogNumber: 775
Rank: 204751

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Henry Gray   Piano
Curtis Jones   Piano
Memphis Slim   Piano,Vocals
Matt "Guitar" Murphy   Guitar
Louis Myers   Guitar
Robert Nighthawk   Guitar,Vocals
Roosevelt Sykes   Piano,Vocals
Junior Wells   Harmonica,Vocals
Albertina Walker   Vocals
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Paul Bascomb   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Coe   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Forrest   Tenor Saxophone
Tiny Grimes   Guitar
Red Holloway   Tenor Saxophone
Duke Jordan   Piano
Leo Parker   Baritone Saxophone
Freddie Redd   Piano
Tab Smith   Alto Saxophone
Eddie Chamblee   Tenor Saxophone
Chris Woods   Alto Saxophone
Red Prysock   Tenor Saxophone
Della Reese   Vocals
Earl Washington   Piano
Fred Below   Drums
J.T. Brown   Tenor Saxophone
Bob Call   Piano
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Jimmy Conley   Tenor Saxophone
Nellie Grace Daniels   Vocals
George DeHart   Drums
McKinley Easton   Baritone Saxophone
Vernel Fournier   Drums
Neil Green   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton   Tenor Saxophone
Raymond Hill   Tenor Saxophone
Ora Lee Hopkins   Vocals
Grant "Mr. Blues" Jones   Vocals
Porter Kilbert   Alto Saxophone
Ransom Knowling   Bass
Chauncey Locke   Trumpet
James McCrary   Bass
Oscar Oldham   Drums
Bunky Parker   Piano
Jack Parker   Drums
Morris Pejoe   Guitar,Vocals
Earl Phillips   Drums
Frank Porter   Alto Saxophone
Bob Reagan   Percussion
Milton Rector   Bass
Edward David Robinson   Piano
Red Saunders   Drums
Henry Taylor   Bass
Earl Fox Walker   Drums
Harold Wallace   Baritone Saxophone
Tommy Waters   Alto Saxophone
Johnny Wicks   Bass
Charles Williams   Vocals
Quinn Wilson   Bass
Elyse Yancey   Vocals
Earl Dranes   Guitar
William "Shorty" Hill   Guitar
Paul Linsley "Jelly" Holt   Drums
Oett "Sax" Mallard   Alto Saxophone
Jerry Potter   Drums
Dennis Binder   Piano,Vocals
Eddie Lewis   Trumpet
Norman Palm   Vocals
Alfred Harris   Harmonica,Vocals
Floyd McDaniel   Guitar
Bobby Fields   Tenor Saxophone
Dave Myers   Bass
Smith   Bass
Horace Palm   Piano
Tommy Braden   Bass,Vocals
Johnny Jones & the King Casuals   Piano
James Bannister   Drums
Otho Allen   Drums
Scott Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Armand Jump Jackson   Drums

Technical Credits

Roosevelt Sykes   Composer
Leo Parker   Composer
Tab Smith   Composer
Eddie Chamblee   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Sy Oliver   Composer
Chris Woods   Composer
Leonard Allen   Audio Production
Prof. Alex Bradford   Composer
Peter Chatman   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Grant "Mr. Blues" Jones   Composer
Robert G. Koester   Producer
Jim O'Neal   Liner Notes
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Dennis Binder   Composer
Lillian "Lil" Green   Composer
Lewis Simpkins   Audio Production
Ray McKinstry   Instrumentation
Joe Young   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Amos Blakemore   Composer
Steve Wagner   Producer

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