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Tab Smith - Top 'n' Bottom [Recorded 1953-1954] (1997)

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Tab Smith - Top 'n' Bottom [Recorded 1953-1954] (1997)

Tab Smith - Top 'n' Bottom [Recorded 1953-1954] (1997)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 312 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 155 MB | Covers (7 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Jump Blues, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Delmark Records (DE-499)

The third CD volume of altoist Tab Smith's United recordings features 21 selections, 14 of which had never been released before. The music ranges from Johnny Hodges-type small-group stomping swing and R&B-ish jump sides to sentimental ballads and a few vocal numbers (featuring unidentified singers). Among the personnel are trumpeter Irving Woods, pianist Teddy Brannon and drummer Walter Johnson. Accessible and fairly creative jazz, conservative for the early '50s but still quite enjoyable.

Tab Smith - Ace High [Recorded 1952-1953] (1992)

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Tab Smith - Ace High [Recorded 1952-1953] (1992)

Tab Smith - Ace High [Recorded 1952-1953] (1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 340 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 141 MB | Covers (5 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Jump Blues, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Delmark Records (DD-455)

During 1951-57, Tab Smith recorded extensively for the United label, and although he was initially popular (due to the hit record "Because of You"), nearly half of the 90 titles he cut went unissued. Delmark in their Tab Smith CD series plans to eventually come out with all of the performances. Their second Tab Smith release has 20 selections, including five songs being released for the first time. Smith, a former swing stylist who was best known in the R&B market during the 1950s, was not a honker like many others in the genre, and his mixture of relatively gentle stomps and ballads is appealing. The distinctive altoist (who takes four vocals) is often joined by Sonny Cohn (mistakenly listed as "Sammy Cohn") or Irving Woods on trumpet and Leon Washington or Charlie Wright on tenor, along with a rocking rhythm section, on four complete sessions from 1952-53. Fun if not essential music.

Tab Smith - Jump Time [Recorded 1951-1952] (1991)

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Tab Smith - Jump Time [Recorded 1951-1952] (1991)

Tab Smith - Jump Time [Recorded 1951-1952] (1991)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 338 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 143 MB | Covers (5 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Jump Blues, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Delmark Records (DD-447)

Altoist Tab Smith, who first gained recognition with Count Basie's orchestra in the mid-'40s, became an unexpected R&B star in the early '50s, thanks in large part to his hit version of "Because of You." Between 1951-1957, Smith recorded 90 songs for the United Record Company, of which only 48 were issued. Delmark, in their CD reissue series, came out with all of the music in chronological order. This first release has the initial 20 (including the hit), and Tab Smith sounds fine on the sweet ballads, blues, and concise jump tunes. The backup crew includes trumpeter Sonny Cohn, tenor Leon Washington, and either Lavern Dillon or Teddy Brannon on piano.