Chu Berry & Hot Lips Page: Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You
Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You
The Commodore Jazz Sampler (Commodore CCD 7000)
Al Morgan (bass), Harry Jaeger (drums).
Composed by Don Redman.
Recorded: August 28, 1941
Rating: 87/100 (learn more)
This song had been recorded by McKinney’s Cotton Pickers back in 1929, and then faded from view during the Great Depression, only to resurface at Chu Berry's 1941 session for the Commodore label. The band takes the tempo at a relaxed stroll, while Page gently lofts the melody on trumpet, then follows with a soulful vocal. Berry's moody tenor solo is the high point of the song, and probably helped establish this Don Redman composition as a jazz standard. A solid combo outing by two underappreciated horn players from the Swing Era.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia