Solomon Douglas

Recommended songs


Here are some of my favorite songs for Blues Dancing. My tastes are always evolving, and this list was compiled in June, 2006.

titleartistBPMtimedatealbum artistalbumtrack
1Today I Sing the BluesAretha Franklin0452:441960Aretha FranklinThe Queen in Waiting (The Columbia Years 1960-1965), Disc 17
2Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to YouHarry "Sweets" Edison (with Ben Webster, Oscar Peterson, Barney Kessel, Ray Brown, Alvin Stoller)0733:391957Ben WebsterThe Soul of Ben Webster (disc 2)1
3Honey HillJohnny Hodges (with Roy Eldridge, Ben Webster, Vic Dickenson, Billy Strayhorn, Jimmy Woode, Sam Woodyard)0734:041958Ben WebsterThe Soul of Ben Webster (disc 2)7
4Billie's BluesBillie Holiday (JATP concert)0763:391946Billie HolidayThe Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945-1959, Disc 19
5Stormy BluesBillie Holiday (with Harry "Sweets" Edison, Willie Smith - as, Bobby Tucker - p, Barney Kessel, Red Callender, Chico Hamilton - d)0623:301954Billie HolidayThe Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945-1959, Disc 311
6Billie's BluesBillie Holiday (with Buddy DeFranco - cl, Red Norvo - vb, Beryl Booker & Sonny Clark - p, Jimmy Raney - el.g., Red Mitchell - b, Elaine Leighton - d)08011:391/23/1954Billie HolidayThe Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945-1959, Disc 224
7I Got a Right to Sing the BluesBillie Holiday (with Harry "Sweets" Edison, Jimmy Rowles-p, Barney Kessel, John Simmons-b, Larry Bunker-d)0695:531955Billie HolidayThe Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945-1959, Disc 518
8Billie's BluesBillie Holiday (with Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins, Carl Drinkard-p, Kenny Burrell, Carson Smith, Chico Hamilton)0803:201956Billie HolidayThe Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945-1959, Disc 86
9Railroad Porter BluesClark Terry (Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, vocal)0745:381981Clark TerryYes, The Blues2
10Confessin' the BluesCount Basie (Joe Williams, vocal)1082:48Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra, disc 13
11Five O'Clock in the MorningCount Basie0623:15Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra, disc 26
12I Needs to Be Bee'd withCount Basie0873:32Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra, disc 46
13Cherry RedCount Basie (Joe Williams, vocal)0662:53Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra, disc 48
14Every Day I Have the BluesCount Basie (Joe Williams, vocal)1174:43Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra, disc 410
15Ain't No UseCount Basie (Joe Williams, vocal)0662:56Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra, disc 411
16Good Mornin' Blues (vocal)Count Basie (Joe Williams, vocal)0822:51Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra, disc 413
17Just a DreamCount Basie (Joe Williams, vocal)0762:53Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra, disc 414
18It's a Low Down Dirty ShameCount Basie (Joe Williams, vocal)0765:27Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra, disc 415
19Mean Old WorldCount Basie (Joe Williams, vocal)0814:41Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra, disc 76
20Confessin' the BluesCount Basie (Joe Williams, vocal)0953:59Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra, disc 77
21Night Time Is the Right Time (When the Sun Goes Down)Count Basie (Joe Williams, vocal)0586:05Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra, disc 78
22Keep Your Hand on Your HeartCount Basie0543:23Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra, disc 79
23Mean MistreaterCount Basie (Joe Williams, vocal)0713:54Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra, disc 711
24The LegendCount Basie0924:38Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra, disc 91
25Them That's GotCount Basie (Irene Reid, vocal)0843:12Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra, disc 101
26Blues in the DarkCount Basie (Jimmy Rushing, vocal)0903:011/3/1938Count BasieCount Basie 1938-19391
27Every Day I Have the BluesCount Basie and Joe Williams1055:291955Count BasieCount Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings1
28The ComebackCount Basie and Joe Williams1025:261955Count BasieCount Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings2
29Midnight BlueCount Basie0854:281957Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra, disc 111
30The ComebackCount Basie (Joe Williams, vocal)1134:107/7/1957Count BasieAt Newport10
31Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to YouCount Basie (Joe Williams, vocal)0672:319/19/1957Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra, disc 11
32Cherry PointCount Basie1094:085/31/1959Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Live Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra (1959-1962), disc 18
33Five O'Clock in the MorningCount Basie (Joe Williams, vocal)0682:555/31/1959Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Live Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra (1959-1962), disc 115
34Every Day I Have the BluesCount Basie (Joe Williams, vocal)1204:035/31/1959Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Live Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra (1959-1962), disc 118
35Blues BackstageCount Basie1044:586/28/1961Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Live Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra (1959-1962), disc 411
36Blues BackstageCount Basie1085:188/11/1962Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Live Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra (1959-1962), disc 73
37Person to PersonCount Basie (O.C. Smith, vocal)065/1453:118/12/1962Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Live Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra (1959-1962), disc 84
38Backwater BluesCount Basie (Irene Reid, vocal)0655:048/12/1962Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Live Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra (1959-1962), disc 87
39Cherry PointCount Basie1099:114/16/1970Count BasieGood Time Blues4
40Swee'peaCount Basie and His Orchestra0654:391976Count BasieI Told You So6
41Baby Baby All the TimeDiana Krall (with Russell Malone - guitar, Paul Keller - bass)0643:361995Diana KrallAll For You - A dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio6
42Peel Me a GrapeDiana Krall (with Russell Malone and Christian McBride)0885:521997Diana KrallLove Scenes2
43Lost MindDiana Krall (with Russell Malone and Christian McBride)0763:491997Diana KrallLove Scenes6
44My Love IsDiana Krall (with Christian McBride)1223:261997Diana KrallLove Scenes11
45Travelin' BluesDiane Schuur0944:041987Diane SchuurDiane Schuur & The Count Basie Orchestra5
46Joogie BoogieDizzy Gillespie1074:141957Dizzy GillespieBirks Works: The Verve Big-Band Sessions, disc 220
47The MoocheDuke Ellington and His Orchestra1203:3410/30/1928Duke EllingtonEarly Ellington (1927-1934)7
48Mood IndigoDuke Ellington and His Orchestra0893:0812/10/1930Duke EllingtonEarly Ellington (1927-1934)14
49Echoes of the JungleDuke Ellington and His Orchestra1163:306/16/1931Duke EllingtonEarly Ellington (1927-1934)18
50Black and Tan Fantasy (stereo)Duke Ellington0844:012/9/1932Duke EllingtonStereo Reflections in Ellington6
51East St. Louis Toodle-OoDuke Ellington0813:311956Duke EllingtonEllington '561
52Rocks In My BedElla Fitzgerald (with Ben Webster, Stuff Smith, Paul Smith, Barney Kessel, Joe Mondragon, and Alvin Stoller)0703:599/4/1956Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book, disc 116
53I Ain't Got Nothin' But The BluesElla Fitzgerald (with Duke Ellington)0824:436/25/1957Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book, disc 16
54Fine and MellowElla Fitzgerald with Harry "Sweets" Edison, Clark Terry, Zoot Sims, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Tommy Flanagan, Joe Pass, Ray Brown, Louis Bellson0636:061/8/1974Ella FitzgeraldBluella: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Blues5
55T'ain't Nobody's Business If I DoElla Fitzgerald (with Tommy Flanagan, Keter Betts, and Bobby Durham)0475:581975Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald at the Montreux Jazz Festival 19759
56Fine and MellowElla Fitzgerald with the Paul Smith trio and the Count Basie orchestra0822:497/12/1979Ella FitzgeraldBluella: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Blues9
57In the Evening When the Sun Goes DownErnestine Anderson with Red Holloway, Gene Harris, Ray Brown, Gerryck King0577:241984Ernestine AndersonWhen the Sun Goes Down3
58Down Home BluesErnestine Anderson with Red Holloway, Gene Harris, Ray Brown, Gerryck King0826:081984Ernestine AndersonWhen the Sun Goes Down5
59Alone on My OwnErnestine Anderson with Red Holloway, Gene Harris, Ray Brown, Gerryck King0993:221984Ernestine AndersonWhen the Sun Goes Down7
60Nightlife Ain't No Good LifeErnestine Anderson (with Lafayette Harris - piano, Rodney Jones - guitar, Chip Jackson - bass, Carl Allen - drums)0625:312003Ernestine AndersonLove Makes the Changes2
61After HoursErskine Hawkins (Avery Parrish, piano)0843:241940Erskine HawkinsTuxedo Junction6
62Dejection BluesThe Gene Harris All Star Big Band0995:021988Gene HarrisTribute to Count Basie9
63SummertimeGene Harris053/128/1117:231989Gene HarrisThe Best of the Concord Years, disc 14
64Sweet Georgia BrownGene Harris0989:541994Gene HarrisThe Best of the Concord Years, disc 24
65Blues in Hoss' FlatGene Harris0926:421994Gene HarrisFunky Gene's9
66The Last PaydayHarry Connick, Jr.0657:161991Harry Connick, Jr.Blue Light, Red Light8
67Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'Jack McDuff (Denise Perrier, vocal)0596:261992Jack McDuffThe Best of the Concord Years, disc 18
68J & G BluesJack McDuff and Gene Harris0639:341996Jack McDuffThe Best of the Concord Years, disc 22
69Blooze in GJack McDuff0718:491997Jack McDuffThe Best of the Concord Years, disc 12
70Down Home BluesJack McDuff and Gene Harris (Niki Harris, vocal)0847:001997Jack McDuffThe Best of the Concord Years, disc 26
71After HoursJack McDuff0596:441999Jack McDuffThe Best of the Concord Years, disc 28
72Sweet Baby BluesJeannie and Jimmy Cheatham0464:171984Jeannie and Jimmy CheathamSweet Baby Blues3
73I Got a Mind To RambleJeannie and Jimmy Cheatham0767:141984Jeannie and Jimmy CheathamSweet Baby Blues4
74Meet Me With Your Black Drawers OnJeannie and Jimmy Cheatham1037:291984Jeannie and Jimmy CheathamSweet Baby Blues8
75Black And Tan FantasyJimmie Lunceford1002:471934Jimmie LuncefordJimmie Lunceford 1930-193416
76Bad LoserJimmy Rushing0784:201968Jimmy RushingEveryday I Have The Blues11
77Beggar for the BluesJimmy Smith trio0547:291962Jimmy SmithBashin'5
78Tuition BluesJimmy Smith (Russell Malone, guitar)0585:512000Jimmy SmithDot Com Blues11
79Backwater BluesJimmy Witherspoon with Jay McShann and His Orchestra (Forrest Powell -t, Frank Sleet -as, Charlie Thomas -ts, Jay McShann -p, Louis Speiginer -gt, Benny Booker -b, Pete McShann -d)0623:081947Jimmy WitherspoonNobody's Business7
80LucilleJimmy Witherspoon with ten-piece band0842:351952Jimmy WitherspoonJay's Blues: the Complete Federal Sessions2
81When I've Been Drinkin'Jimmy Witherspoon (vocal), Gerald Wilson (tp), Teddy Edwards (ts), Jimmy Allen (ts), Hampton Hawes (p), Herman Mitchell (g), Jimmy Hamilton (b), Jimmy Miller (d)0723:385/8/1958Jimmy WitherspoonSingin' The Blues2
82All That's GoodJimmy Witherspoon (vocal), Gerald Wilson (tp), Teddy Edwards (ts), Jimmy Allen (ts), Hampton Hawes (p), Herman Mitchell (g), Jimmy Hamilton (b), Jimmy Miller (d)0723:025/8/1958Jimmy WitherspoonSingin' The Blues4
83Wee Baby Blues (aka "Early Mornings")Jimmy Witherspoon (vocal), Gerald Wilson (tp), Teddy Edwards (ts), Jimmy Allen (ts), Hampton Hawes (p), Herman Mitchell (g), Jimmy Hamilton (b), Jimmy Miller (d)0793:195/8/1958Jimmy WitherspoonSingin' The Blues8
84Times are ChangingJimmy Witherspoon (vocal), Gerald Wilson (tp), Teddy Edwards (ts), Jimmy Allen (ts), Hampton Hawes (p), Herman Mitchell (g), Jimmy Hamilton (b), Jimmy Miller (d)0733:005/8/1958Jimmy WitherspoonSingin' The Blues9
85S.K. BluesJimmy Witherspoon (vocal), Harry "Sweets" Edison (tp), Teddy Edwards (ts), Jimmy Allen (ts), Henry McDode (p), Herman Mitchell (g), Jimmy Hamilton (b), Jimmy Miller (d)0852:505/16/1958Jimmy WitherspoonSingin' The Blues1
86Then the Lights Go OutJimmy Witherspoon (vocal), Harry "Sweets" Edison (tp), Teddy Edwards (ts), Jimmy Allen (ts), Henry McDode (p), Herman Mitchell (g), Jimmy Hamilton (b), Jimmy Miller (d)1023:005/16/1958Jimmy WitherspoonSingin' The Blues3
87'Tain't Nobody's BusinessJimmy Witherspoon (vocal), Harry "Sweets" Edison (tp), Teddy Edwards (ts), Jimmy Allen (ts), Henry McDode (p), Herman Mitchell (g), Jimmy Hamilton (b), Jimmy Miller (d)0702:255/16/1958Jimmy WitherspoonSingin' The Blues7
88Sweets' BluesJimmy Witherspoon (vocal), Harry "Sweets" Edison (tp), Teddy Edwards (ts), Jimmy Allen (ts), Henry McDode (p), Herman Mitchell (g), Jimmy Hamilton (b), Jimmy Miller (d)0685:195/16/1958Jimmy WitherspoonSingin' The Blues10
89Five O'Clock in the MorningJoe Williams (with Harry "Sweets" Edison, Jimmy Forrest -ts, Hugh Lawson -p, Ike Isaacs -b, Clarence Johnson -d)0602:491962Joe WilliamsA Swingin' Night at Birdland3
90Rocks in My BedJoe Williams0663:381963Joe WilliamsMe and the Blues4
91Sawmill BluesJoe Williams & Friends--June 19850645:321985Joe Williams & Friends--June 1985I Just Want To Sing11
92Fas' Livin' BluesJon Hendricks (with the Count Basie Orchestra directed by Frank Foster, and Al Grey, trombone)0595:331990Jon HendricksFreddie Freeloader7
93Do You Call That a Buddy?Jon Hendricks0644:401993Jon HendricksBoppin' at the Blue Note2
94Morning BluesKenny Barron (solo piano)0624:531987Kenny BarronGreen Chimneys9
95CenterpieceLambert, Hendricks, and Ross (with Harry "Sweets" Edison, Gildo Mahones, Ike Isaacs, and Walter Bolden)1052:298/6/1959Lambert, Hendricks, and RossThe Hottest New Group In Jazz - disc 16
96Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to YouLavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers0575:061999Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet LickersEverybody's Talkin' 'Bout Miss Thing!4
97Black and Tan FantasyLincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis0884:351998Lincoln Center Jazz OrchestraLive in Swing City - Swingin' with the Duke6
98Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol' Me)Louis Armstrong0715:171957Louis Armstrongmeets Oscar Peterson4
99Basin Street BluesMichael Kaeshammer (Carol Welsman, vocal)0715:391998Michael KaeshammerTell You How I Feel9
100Triple Treat BluesMonty Alexander, Ray Brown, Herb Ellis0736:331982Monty Alexander, Ray Brown, Herb EllisTriple Scoop, disc 15
101Blues in the Darksolos: James Carter, Joshua Redman. Nicholas Payton (trumpet), James Zollar (trumpet), Jesse Davis (alto), David "Fathead" Newman (alto), James Carter (tenor), Joshua Redman (tenor), Don Byron (bari), Mark Whitfield (guitar), Geri Allen (piano), Christian McBride (bass), Victor Lewis (drums)0874:511995Original Motion Picture SoundtrackKansas City1
102Hazel's HipsOscar Brown, Jr.0942:446/20/1960Oscar Brown, Jr.Sin & Soul ...And Then Some14
103Things Ain't What They Used to BeOscar Peterson (with Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen)0963:071959Oscar PetersonPlays the Duke Ellington Song Book20
104Blues for Big ScotiaOscar Peterson (with Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen)0942:111/27/1960Oscar PetersonLive At CBC Studios, 19602
105Blues for Big ScotiaOscar Peterson (with Ray Brown, Ed Thigpen and Ernie Wilkins' orchestra)1025:551962Oscar PetersonBursting Out with the All-Star Big Band! / Swinging Brass1
106Happy-Go-Lucky Local (aka Night Train)Oscar Peterson1064:491962Oscar PetersonNight Train1
107Things Ain't What They Used to BeOscar Peterson0814:381962Oscar PetersonNight Train8
108Blues for Big ScotiaOscar Peterson (with Ernie Wilkins' Orchestra)1015:546/15/1962Oscar PetersonUltimate Oscar Peterson6
109Blues in C Sharp MinorTeddy Wilson (p), Roy Eldridge (tp), Buster Bailey (cl), Chu Berry (ts), Bob Lessey (g), Israel Crosby (b), Sidney Catlett (d)0983:191936Roy EldridgeFrom Swing to Bebop, disc 26: Minor Jive, CD 27
110Stormy MondayBobby Bland0624:08Various ArtistsBest of the Blues [MCA MCBBD 22020]2
111Whose Muddy ShoesElmore James0773:191953Various ArtistsChess Blues, disc 2: 1952-195414
112Ain't Nobody's BusinessJimmy Witherspoon0642:431956Various ArtistsChess Blues, disc 3: 1954-196010
113Bring It On HomeSonny Boy Williamson1092:371963Various ArtistsChess Blues, disc 4: 1960-196713