Rushing Lullabies

By the time he recorded Rushing Lullabies in 1959, Jimmy Rushing’s voice had lost some of the purity that helped establish him as the premiere blues singer with Count Basie’s band in the 1930s. But it had gained a gruff edginess that made his charged, fiercely rhythmic, and ebullient phrasing all the more exciting. From the opening chorus by pianist Ray Bryant on ”You Can’t Run Around” to the rocking finish on ”Russian Lullabye,” in which drummer Jo Jones and saxophonist Buddy Tate buoy the singer to ever grander heights, everyone is inspired.

Rushing Lullabies
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