Sax Kari – Swinging The Blues (CD)


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Release Date: 2023

Label: Jasmine Records


Track List



Sax Kari was a major artist in this field and spent most of his life in music, recording for a multitude of labels some of which can be heard here and when not singing he can be heard on guitar or piano. Our selection starts with two titles recorded under his own name in 1947 with the Carolina Cotton Pickers, a long established jazz band with Anita Patterson handling the vocal on one, Kari the other, the original version of “Signifying Monkey” later recorded by Johnny Otis & many others. Gloria Irving follows with her recording in 1953 of “Daughter (That’s Your Red Wagon)” a follow up to Ruth Brown’s “Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean” & it made the Billboard R&B charts at No. 8. There’s a selection with Gloria, then Bob “Detroit Count” White before a move to Chess with Lena Gordon’s only two recordings. At this stage in his career Kari switched to the popular vocal group format with the Senators, La Fets & Kitty and The Quailtones before reverting back to the blues with Katie Watkins, a much sort after Checker 45 with Kari as Texas Red, one of his many name changes. He’s also Texas Red with the Contours for the next two titles. Then back to Kari with The Alley Kats & Kitty and Little Sammy Ward before the crazy finish with his orchestra on “Goldie The Green Eyed Octopus” a spoof title similar to “Flying Purple People Eater” complete with sound effects!Here we have brief snapshot of the versatility of Sax Kari, more a major force in the soul, blues & R&R field than a backroom boy.

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