He's the father of ska, and was recognized as such long before he actually became aware of it. He called it, "Rosco's Rhythm," and it got him some gigs, but never made him rich. He recorded on Sun Records, and coincidentally sounds somewhat like an African-American Jerry Lee Lewis.
There's not a bad song among the 22 included on this 1951-1957 collection.
Gordon's one of those pianists made for Rock/R & B dance music, with a
left hand strong enough to get people on their feet. His playing can be
heard over drums and saxophone, and recording wasn't good enough to make
that happen on record at that time and place if it hadn't really been
happening in the studio.
Gordon also shared silliness and willingness to make a clown
of himself for the sake of performance with peer piano players Little
Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino. There are jumping nonsense songs
here, and there are sad ballads punctuated with melodramatic tears and
--- Arthur Shuey
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