Monday, January 31, 2011

Solid Jackson Hipsters on Nucraft 103

Solid Jackson Hipsters - Stormy That Gal Of Mine / Where Are The Words (Nucraft 103)

"Stormy That Gal Of Mine"

The first of two releases by this mysterious outfit, who may or may not have been based in Houston in 1952, when ACA mastered four sides by them. Jack "Scat" Powell has left only a few traces of his existence that I can find -- he recorded for Bluebird in 1937, and then somehow stumbled into a Duke Ellington session a year later. Billboard reported in September, 1948, that he was disc jockeying at WKY in Oklahoma City.

I would guess that "Scat" was something of a jazz novelty act along the lines of Harry "The Hipster" Gibson, and, as white R&B goes, this is not bad. "Stormy's" suggestive lyrics are similar to "Rock and Roll Ruby," though there couldn't have been a connection.


  1. Billboard gave this disc a rather poor review in it's Sept 6th, 1952 edition under its Folk Reviews

    Solid Jackson Hipsters
    "Where are the Words" - Just and ordinary performance to an ordinary blues ballad
    "Stormy, That Gal Of Mine" - Same comment, the ditty is a riff built item.

    A few more tidbits on "Scat"

    From the University of California Berkley Blue and Gold Yearbook 1936 in a short piece about their formal, which breaking from tradition, was held in the fall instead of the spring (they were even radical back then)

    "General Chairman Clarence Unnewehr secured as special entertainers Jack “Scat” Powell and Alan Rodgers from Frankie Master’s orchestra."
    (In 1936 Frankie Masters Orchestra was one of Chicago's top Orchestras).

    He's also tied to the orchestra in your Billboard citation where he's mentioned as the "ex Frankie Masters Warbler"

    I also found him singing for Willie Farmer and His Orchestra in 1938 (Tarzan)

  2. Sounds like "Scat" was listening to a lot of Wynonie Harris.

  3. Any way to contact you? I found some more on Scat, newspaper clippings etc that I can send on.

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