Hen Gates And His Gators - Let's All Dance To Rock And Roll
Hen Gates And His Gators - Let's All Dance To Rock And Roll

Hen Gates And His Gators - Let's All Dance To Rock And Roll

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One of the great lost 1950s rock & roll albums, this exemplifies the period when seemingly every $1.98 budget label was putting a tenor sax and a rhythm section together into a studio and letting them blow, hoping the results could be packaged for teenagers eager for anything that had the name "rock & roll" appended to it. These (usually) 12-bar blues-inspired romps would then be fitted with teen-slanted titles and cobbled together as an album with a 1957 target demographic title added to it like the one that accompanies this entry. As a quick cash grab by the label, this one is no better or worse than any of the others, and Hen Gates & His Gaters acquit themselves admirably on the 12 selections included here. Mostly the inspired blowing comes from the players, as the material is one step above a jam session; they aren't really tunes, just the loosest of head arrangements and largely themeless, giving a clear indication that titles like "Rock Me Sugar," "Fish Beat Rock," "Rock Clock Rock," and "The New Rock" were added after the fact.