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Those Rhythm & Blues 1948-1960

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King Kolax, born William Little in 1912 is the subject of the next instalment in Jasmine's series of backroom boys of jazz, blues and R&B. From early days he built himself a reputation as a trumpet player but was able to handle a vocal or two. This collection starts with both sides of a very rare 78 on Joe's Brown's short lived Opera label showing Kolax's ability as a blues singer. He & his orchestra stayed with Brown for two more releases this time on J.O.B. before they backed Joe Williams with his self overdubbed version of Everyday I Have the Blues the Chess Brothers issued on their Checker label. Still on Checker Danny Overbea pops up with his original version of 40 Cups of Coffee before Bill Haley & the Comets got their hands on it.

Mabel Scott's latin-themed Fool Burro follows featuring Kolax on trumpet & Red Saunders on percussion before Rudy Green's given a couple of Chances. Then there's four more Overbea Checker titles including his Italian version of Sorrento.

Kolax next appears on VeeJay and of the eight titles recorded two were not issued at the time and four appeared later on a French Top Rank LP, all eight are issued together on CD for the first time and includes Those Rhythm & Blues with Calvin Carter, the A&R head & brother of label owner Vivian Carter, who impersonates a female fan who wants to hear "those crazy rhythm 'n' blues." The misterioso latin instrumental Vivian was probably named after Vivian Carter. The disc ends with four rare tracks from the late 50s all with a more modern feeling.

King Kolax is presented here as leader and supporting bandleader showing his musical diversity from the years 1948 until 1960.


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  2. Back Door Blues - King Kolax & His Combo
  3. Straight Woman Blues - King Kolax & His Combo
  4. Lonesome Man Blues - King Kolax & His Orchestra
  5. Why Don't They Tell Me? - King Kolax & His Orchestra
  6. She's Funny That Way - King Kolax
  7. Side Man - King Kolax
  8. Every Day I Have The Blues - Joe Williams With King Kolax & His Orchestra
  9. 40 Cups Of Coffee - Danny Overbea With King Kolax And His Orchestra
  10. Fool Burro - Mabel Scott
  11. Love Is A Pain - Rudy Green, His Guitar With King Kolax Orchestra
  12. No Need Of Your Crying - Rudy Green, His Guitar With King Kolax Orchestra
  13. I Could, But I Won't - Danny Overbea With King Kolax & Orch
  14. Sorrento - Danny Overbea With King Kolax & Orch
  15. Stomp & Whistle - Danny Overbea With King Kolax & Orch
  16. Ebony Chant - Danny Overbea With King Kolax & Orch
  17. What Have You Done To Me - King Kolax & His Quintette
  18. Right Now - King Kolax & His Quintette
  19. Push Out - King Kolax & His Quintette
  20. Vivian - King Kolax & His Quintette
  21. Goodnite Blues - King Kolax & His Quintette
  22. Those Rhythm And Blues - King Kolax & His Quintette
  23. H2o - King Kolax & His Quintette
  24. Time - King Kolax & His Quintette
  25. Sleeping In An Ocean Of Tears - Brooks And Brown (The Blues Toppers) With King Kolax Orchestra
  26. They Call Her Rosalie - Brooks And Brown (The Blues Toppers) With King Kolax Orchestra
  27. Real Small Town - King Kolax & His Band
  28. Don't Look Now - Wilbur Hi-Fi White And King Kolax Band
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