Louis Jordan: Let the Good Times Roll


Let the Good Times Roll


Louis Jordan (alto sax, vocals)


Let The Good Times Roll: The Anthology 1938-1953 (Geffen)

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Louis Jordan (alto sax, vocals), Wild Bill Davis (piano),

Carl Hogan (electric guitar), Jesse “Po” Simpkins (bass), Joe Morris (drums)


Composed by “Lovin’” Sam Theard


Recorded: New York, June 26, 1946


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Louis Jordan by all accounts was one of the biggest crossover musicians of the 20th century. His swing tinged rock n' roll appealed to many kids of the late 1940s and 1950s and he scored hit after hit with the help of pianist/arranger Wild Bill Davis. On "Let the Good Times Roll," we hear a slow, but swinging blues groove, which is Jordan's preferred style. Jordan sings with assurance and confidence but doesn't overdue it as he rides the music with his words perfectly. The jukebox singles recorded by Jordan during 1946-1949 were all big hits in their day and I can see why. Jordan would go on to trail blaze the path for rock n' roll musicians but his first contributions were with jazz music. I suggest you sit down, go grab something to drink and "Let the Good Times Roll," because they always do with Jordan.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley


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