Jimmy Bryant – Country Cabin Jazz (1960)

FrontCover1 Along with his frequent partner, pedal steel guitarist Speedy West, Jimmy Bryant was one the most in-demand session players in country music. Recording mostly behind Capitol’s considerable lineup of artists during the ’50s and ’60s, Bryant augmented his frequent work for the likes of Tennessee Ernie Ford, Kay Starr, and Buck Owens with a fair share of solo dates, often featuring West. This classic Capitol release from 1960 finds the two jazz-influenced players wending stealthily through 12 incredible instrumentals, most of which were penned by JimmyBryant2Bryant. Bryant and West turn in a bevy of complex, yet swinging solos over a mix of blues (“Whistle Stop”), country ballads (“Deep Water”), polkas (“Hometown Polka”), and bebop-country swingers (“Stratosphere Boogie”).

Along with several exciting exchanges between Bryant and West, the whole band turns in a fine round of call and response solos on “Jammin’ With Jimmy”; figuring prominently in the mix are guitarist Billie Strange, pianist Billy Liebert, bassist Cliffie Stone, and an unlisted violinist.

While many of these tracks can be found on Razor & Tie’s two fine Bryant and West collections, Country Cabin Jazz still qualifies as a very good first-disc choice for newcomers. (by Stephen Cook)

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Personnel:
Speedy West – Steel Guitar
Billy Liebert – Piano
Billy Strange – Rhythm guitar
Cliffie Stone – Bass
Roy Harte – Drums

BackCoverTracklist:
01. Frettin’ Fingers 2.02
02. The Night Rider 2.24
03. Deep Water 3:00
04. Jammin’ With Jimmy 2.29
05. Whistle Stop 2.16
06. Stratosphere Boogie 2.12
07. Pickin’ Peppers 2.11
08. Pushin’ the Blues 3.11
09. The Rollin’ Sky 2.26
10. Yodeling Guitar 2.08
11. Bryant’s Bounce 2.21
12. Hometown Polka 2.20

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