mp3: Tommy Ridgley - Jam Up
Tommy Ridgley was a singer from New Orleans who worked with Dave Bartholomew at Imperial Records before moving over to Atlantic. He recorded Jam Up at Cosimo Matassa's legendary
J&M studio in 1953. It's a raucous R&B instrumental driven by Lee Allen's exuberant tenor sax. Red Tyler also honks up a storm. Earl Palmer is probably on the drums, Frank Fields on bass. This bunch were known as The Clique, studio geniuses of equal measure to the Funk Brothers, Wrecking Crew, Swampers at Muscle Shoals, or Booker T & The MGs at Stax. I won't try and list all the amazing tunes they played on, I've posted many here over the years, but Little Richard's hits on Specialty are a good place to start. Ridgley himself apparently played piano and I'm guessing the voice you occasionally hear hyping up the musicians is his. Atlantic reissued Jam Up as Jam Up Twist with overdubbed exclamations such as "twist", "twist awhile" and "double twist" in 1962 in an attempt to appeal to the totally twist-crazed record buying public. I'm sure it worked as this still sounds as joyful and upbeat as ever so many years after it was recorded.
Labels: instrumental, new orleans, rhythm and blues