Like many sub-genres of music, Jump Blues can be hard to pin down. There's a good deal of overlap with big band, swing and blues. There is disagreement on particular songs and artists, but I have done my best to represent the genre in this 21 track playlist.
With it's birth in the 1940's, Jump Blues is marked by up-tempo numbers and big band influence, but was usually performed with bands of a much smaller size. Upright bass and drums usually laid the foundation, while a new-fangled invention called the electric guitar was used mainly as a rhythm instrument. Piano was also present in both a rhythm and lead role, while saxophones or brass horns helped punctuate the songs. Vocals were decidedly bluesy, but would also include shouted vocal lines ala Big Band and Swing.
The "Jump" comes from the up-tempo, driving rhythms that literally made the listener want to jump up and dance. As with most great American musical forms, African-Americans take the credit for the birth of Jump Blues and it's evolution. The genre can also be credited as a forefather to what would become Rock & Roll.
This playlist features over an hour of Jump Blues that will get your toes tapping and take you back to a time when the music was, without a doubt, "jumpin".
20. Flying Home (Take 2) - Joe Houston