Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Tommy Ridgley: Jam Up Twist/Wish I Had Never (Atlantic 45-2136)
Here we have a delightfully raw obscurity from the Atlantic label in which fans of blues and fans of fast stompers are both satisfied. "Wish I Had Never" is the blues song, punctuated with raw vocals and a loud, brassy arrangement. Yet it perfectly compliments the sad tale of regret that the lyrics encompass. The wailing sax solo is the proverbial frosting on the cake. But for me, the real gem is "Jam Up Twist" in which Ridgley revs up the band for a real dance workout of blastin' horns, pumpin' piano, bashin' drums and a suave guitar solo. All of it is enforced by the bandleaders yells to "Work it out!,"Jam up!" and so on. Don't know if Ridgley recorded anything else, but this sure be a swell little find if I do say so myself.