SAX KARI





SINGLES

APOLLO 389 (78rpm) SAX KARI & HIS ORCHESTRA Play It Cool Blues / Signifying Monkey1949 US
APOLLO 397 (78rpm) SAX KARI & HIS ORCHESTRA I'll Never Leave You Baby / Thursday Blues1949 US
STATES S-115 (78/45rpm) SWINGING SAX KARI AND ORCHESTRA, VOCAL BY GLORIA IRVING (a) / SWINGING SAX KARI AND ORCHESTRA (b) Daughter (That's Your Red Wagon) / Down For Debbie (instr.)3/1953 US
STATES S-117 (78/45rpm) SWINGING SAX KARI, VOCAL GLORIA IRVING You Let My Love Run Cold / Henry5/1953 US
GREAT LAKES 1204 (78rpm) SAX KARI & HIS BALLIN' THE BLUES BAND Geneva And Johnny / Hush Your Lyin' Mouth1954 US
GREAT LAKES 1205 (78rpm) SAX KARI AND HIS BALLIN' THE BLUES BAND Train Ride / Red Hot Feeling1954 US
AVENUE 100 (78rpm) SAX KARI AND ORCH., BOB WHITE - VOCAL Brand New Gal / One Room, The Blues And You1954 US
CHECKER 803 (78rpm) LENA GORDON, SAX KARI AND ORCH. (a) / SAX KARI AND ORCHESTRA (b) Mama Took The Baby / Disc Jockey Jamboree9/1954 US 
JOSIE 45-779 SAX KARI AND THE QUAILTONES (feat. Freddie Gorman) Tears Of Love / Roxanna1955 US
JOB 1118 SAX KARI ORCH., COND. BY WARREN KNOBLE Goldie The Green Eyed Octopus / Chocolate Fizz
(Note: This release is also available as an identical US repro edition)
1959 US
CONTOUR 301 SAX KARI Chicky Chop Chop / Hurry, Arthur Murray1959 US
CONTOUR C-502 THE KNIGHT HAWKS (feat. Sax Kari) Explain To Jane / You Did19?? US
INSTANT 45-3270 SAX KARI All These Things / Something You Got1964 US
TUNE-KEL 600 SAX KARI & THE CODES Spanish Drums / Siesta196? US
TUNE-KEL 601 SAX KARI & THE CODES Ludwig / Here And There196? US
KARI 602 IRA GREEN (=Sax Kari) The Twitch (Part 1) / The Twitch (Part 2)196? US
LOCAL 806 IRA GREEN (=Sax Kari) Shining Gold Ring / ?196? US
MASTERCRAFT 100/101 THE MAGNOLIAS (feat. Sax Kari) You Can't Be Still / April In Paris196? US
DASH 5023 SAXTON KARI & T.K. ORCHESTRA Besame Mucho / Raggedy Ann1976 US
FLORIDA-ROCK, INC. 100 SAX KARI Slow Down Baby / Two Lovers1980 US
KING BEE 4003 SAX KARI & THE BLUESVILLE EXPRESS I Want To Wish You A Merry Christmas Baby / Things I Used To Do1982 US
AISLE 45004 SAX KARI AND HIS JIVIN' JUKES (Talkin' Bout') Big "Fat" Fanny / T.V. Mama19?? US

In addition, Sax Kari (Isaac Saxton Kari Toombs) used the pseudonym "Dirty Red" Morgan. Texas Red may as well be one of his many stage names.



SESSION WORKS / SINGLES

GREAT LAKES 1201 THE IMPERIALS Life Of Ease / It Won't Be Very Long1/1954 US 
GREAT LAKES 1202 DON SEBASTIAN It Can't Be Wrong / I Want To Cry1/1954 US
GREAT LAKES 1203 DELLA REESE Blue And Orange Birds / Yes Indeed1954 US
GREAT LAKES 1210 (poss. unissued)  THE IMPERIALS Starlite / Do I Love Her1954 US
GREAT LAKES 1212 THE IMPERIALS You'll Never Walk Alone / Ain't Gonna Tell It Right1954 US
CHESS 1583 RON RICO, SAX KARI ORCHESTRA Land Of Dreams / Chano12/1954 US 
P-C 1089 THE ALLEY CATS (a) / THE ALLEY CATS AND KITTY WITH SAX KARI & ORCHESTRA (b) (feat. Sax Kari on piano) Rocking Chair / Alley Cats1957 US
P-C 1091 LITTLE SAMMY WARD WITH ALLEY CATS AND KITY, SAX KARI ORCH. Begging For Love / Count Me In1957 US
APOLLO 520-45 LA FETS & KITTY WITH SAX KARI BAND Christmas Letter / Can Can Rock & Roll1957 US
BULLSEYE B-1009 TEXAS RED & THE CONTOURS (a) / TEXAS RED AND JIMMY (b), SAX KARI AND HIS ORCH. Turn Around / Comin' Home1957 US
VICEROY 3333/CHECKER 879 KATIE WATKINS, SAX KARI ORCH. (a) / TEXAS RED & JIMMY (b) (feat. Sax Kari Orch.) Trying To Get You Off My Mind / Black Snake Blues1957 US
ON STAGE 600/601 THE SAX KARI SHOW FEATURING TEXAS RED You Still Need Me / Where Are You19?? US
NEW SONG 131 BEVERLY BEA (possibly featuring Sax Kari) Sugar Plum / ?  (a-side written by Sax Kari)1961 US
LU PINE L-107 THE SAX KARI ORCH. FEATURING ELLA REED Sweet Man / I'll Never Forsake You1962 US
INSTANT 45-3269 POLKA DOT SLIM (featuring Sax Kari on gtr + overdubbed bs & dms) A Thing You Gotta Face / Ain't Broke, Ain't Hungry1964 US
NOLA N-702 CHARLES "SOUL" BROWN (featuring Sax Kari) Standing On The Outside / I'll Love You (If You Let Me)1964 US
NOLA N-711 WARREN (LEE) TAYLOR (featuring Sax Kari) Every Day Every Hour / Key To Your Door1964 US
INSTANT 3286 CHRIS KENNER (featuring Sax Kari) Fumigate Funky Broadway / Wind The Clock1967 US
ATCO 6536 ROYAL CANAL STREET BAND (featuring Sax Kari) Everybody Dance / Ludwig1967 US
CHANNEL "1" RECORDS COR-703 FRANCINE KING (featuring Sax Kari) The Grapevine Can't Tell You / Two Fools196? US
WHITE CLIFFS 223 CHINA FAIR (featuring Sax Kari) Baby I Love You / He's My Man196? US
KARI 601 PRINCE ROYALS (featuring Sax Kari) Farewell Annabell / Anna Mae196? US
TUNE-KEL 605 BOBBY CAMEL (featuring Sax Kari) Title Love Song / You Ask Me196? US
TUNE-KEL 609 THE PRINCE ROYALS (featuring Sax Kari) Circle Of Life / Like I Like It196? US
MASQUE 2936 GEORGE PEPP (featuring Sax Kari) He Created Woman / For You196? US
LOCAL 808 RAY WILSON (featuring Sax Kari) How Can I Reach You / How Come, How Come196? US
EON 103 HARRIET REEVES (featuring Sax Kari) Just Friends / Come To Me196? US

In addition, Sax Kari appeared as a back-up musician on some Vee-Jay recordings. He also worked in New Orleans during 1963-1968, producing, engineering, arranging and accompaning several singles for his own labels MasterCraft, Kari, Channel "1", Local, and Masque.



ALBUMS

HOT BLUES HTCD 33207-2 CANDY YAMS & THE BLUESVILLE EXPRESS: LOVE JUICE  (CD)
Stormy Monday (You Heard About) Pt.1 / Stormy Monday (You Heard About) Pt.2 / Loose Goose / Sugar Hill Blues / New York Blues Pt.1 / New York Blues Pt.2 / I Can't Breakaway / Don't Tell Me Your Troubles / In The Pocket / T.V. Psychic / Me Walking Out On You / Love Juice (LP version) / Love Juice (radio edit) / Stones / Turn My Life Around / Ding-A-Ling Blues / Charley's Got A Harley
1997 US
NIGHT TRAIN INTERNATIONAL NTI LP 7131 SAX KARI: FUMIGATE FUNKY BROADWAY - THE NEW ORLEANS SESSIONS  (LP)
Chris Kenner: Fumigate Funky Broadway / Sax Kari & the Codes: Everybody Dance / He Makes Me So Mad / Prince Royal: Farewell Annabell / Sax Kari: Spanish Drums / Bobby Camel: Title Love Song / Royal Canal Street Band: Ludwig / Francine King: The Grapevine Can't Tell You / Francine King: Two Fools / The Magnolias: You Can't Be Still / Sax Kari: Siesta / Sax Kari: A Good Thing Baby / Prince Royal: Anna Mae / Polka Dot Slim: A Thing You Gotta Face / Ray Wilson: How Come, How Come / Sax Kari & the Codes: Here and There*
(Sax Kari productions 1963-1968)
2002 US 
NIGHT TRAIN INTERNATIONAL NTI CD 7131 SAX KARI: FUMIGATE FUNKY BROADWAY - THE NEW ORLEANS SESSIONS  (CD)
Warren (Lee) Taylor: Key To Your Door / Chris Kenner: Fumigate Funky Broadway / Chris Kenner: Wind The Clock / Sax Kari: The Twitch (Parts 1 & 2) / Francine King: The Grapevine Can't Tell You / Francine King: Two Fools / Royal Canal Street Band: Everybody Dance / Royal Canal Street Band: Ludwig / China Flair: Baby I Love You* / China Flair: He's My Man / Prince Royal: Farewell Annabell / Prince Royal: Anna Mae / Charles "Soul" Brown: I'll Love You (If You Let Me) / George Pepp: He Created Woman / George Pepp: For You / Polka Dot Slim: A Thing You Gotta Face / Polka Dot Slim: Ain't Broke, Ain't Hungry / Ray Wilson: How Can I Reach You / Ray Wilson: How Come, How Come / Sax Kari: Spanish Drums / Sax Kari: Siesta / Harriet Reeves: Just Friends / Harriet Reeves: Come To Me / Bobby Camel: Title Love Song / Bobby Camel: You Ask Me* / The Magnolias: You Can't Be Still / The Magnolias: April In Paris / Sax Kari & the Codes: Here And There / Sax Kari & the Codes: Everybody Dance
(Sax Kari productions 1963-1968)
2002 US
# (self prod.) THE SAX KARI JAZZ TRIO: MADE FOR DANCING, PT.1  (CD-R)
200? US




COMPILATIONS

BANDY 70009 V/A: REAL BLUES FROM NEW ORLEANS  (LP)
Polka Dot Slim: Ain't Broke, Ain't Hungry / A Thing You Gotta Face
19?? US
P-VINE PLP-9042 V/A: TOUGH JAZZ FROM DETROIT - BLACK MUSIC IN THE 50'S, VOL.10  (LP)
Sax Kari Orchestra: Down For Debbie
1982 JPN
CHARLY CRB 1170 V/A: LOADED DOWN WITH THE BLUES  (LP)
Polka Dot Slim: Ain't Broke, Ain't Hungry / It's A Thing You Gotta Face
1987 UK
P-VINE PLP-346 V/A: LOADED DOWN WITH THE BLUES  (LP)
Polka Dot Slim: Ain't Broke, Ain't Hungry / It's A Thing You Gotta Face
1987 JPN
FLAME LP-003 V/A: DESPERATE ROCK'N'ROLL, VOL.3  (LP)
Sax Kari Orchestra: Chocolate Fizz
1987 UK
AISLE EXP-1-005-A/B (7" promo EP, p/s) V/A: SUN RIPE PROMOTIONS & AISLE RECORDS PRESENT... (45 RPM COLLECTOR SERIES/ROCKIN' RECORDS EXCLUSIVE)  (LP)
Sax Kari & his Rockin' Jukes: Mean Man Blues / Big Fat Fanny
19?? US
STOMPIN' ST 103 V/A: STOMPIN', VOL.3  (LP)
Polka Dot Slim: It's A Thing You Gotta Face
19?? UK
STOMPIN' LP 117 V/A: STOMPIN', VOL.17  (LP)
Sax Kari & his Ballin' the Blues Band: Hush Your Lyin' Mouth
19?? UK
STILL SL 1152 V/A: AT THE PARTY  (LP)
The Alley Cats & Kitty with Sax Kari & Orchestra: Alley Cats / The Alley Cats: Rocking Chair
19?? NL
FLAME CD-002 V/A: DESPERATE ROCK'N'ROLL, VOL.2  (CD)
Sax Kari Orchestra: Chocolate Fizz
1992 UK
CHARLY CD 3 V/A: MODERN BLUES ANTHOLOGY : AIN'T TIMES HARD  (4-CD)
Polka Dot Slim: Ain't Broke, Ain't Hungry
1995 UK
CHARLY CD 220 V/A: BLUES HARP BOSSES  (CD)
Polka Dot Slim: Ain't Broke, Ain't Hungry
1998 UK
COLLECTOR CLCD 4450 V/A: SAVAGE ROCKIN' GIRLS  (CD)
Beverly Bea: Sugar Plum (possibly featuring Sax Kari)
1999 NL
L.P. 006 V/A: LOVER'S PLEA, VOL.6 - "FOR ROCKERS ONLY"  (CD)
Sax Kari Orchestra: Chocolate Fizz
19??
BULLSEYE CD-1001 V/A: THE BEST OF BULLSEYE RECORDS  (CD)
Texas Red & the Contours: Turn Around / Comin' Home
19??
STOMPIN' ST 303 V/A: STOMPIN' 3  (CD)
Polka Dot Slim: It's A Thing You Gotta Face
2001 UK
STOMPIN' CD 307 V/A: STOMPIN' 7  (CD)
Sax Kari Orchestra: Chocolate Fizz
2001 UK
STOMPIN' CD 313 V/A: STOMPIN' 13  (CD)
Sax Kari & his Ballin' the Blues Band: Hush Your Lyin' Mouth
2002 UK
PAST PERFECT 220240-325 V/A: RHYTHM & BLUES GOES ROCK & ROLL, VOL.1  (15-CD)
Polka Dot Slim: It's A Thing You Gotta Face
2002 GER
PAST PERFECT 220256-325 V/A: RHYTHM & BLUES GOES ROCK & ROLL, VOL.2  (15-CD)
Sax Kari & his Ballin' the Blues Band: Hush Your Lyin' Mouth
2002 GER
DELMARK CD 542 V/A: HONKERS AND BAR WALKERS, VOL.3  (CD)
Swinging Sax Kari: Down For Debbie
2002 US
P-VINE PCD 5271/4 V/A: VEE JAY, CHICAGO'S BLUES MUSIC  (4-CD)
You Don't Love Me/You're So Hard To Please/Lonely Boy (I Need A Woman)
2002 JAP
FLAT-TOP FTB-069 V/A: SHAKE 'EM ON DOWN, VOL.2  (CD)
Polka Dot Slim: A Thing You Gotta Face
2003 UK
NIGHT TRAIN INTERNATIONAL 2008 V/A: AN INTRO TO NIGHT TRAIN NEW ORLEANS  (2-CD, sampler)
Sax Kari & The Codes: Here And There
2004 US
CHARLY/SNAPPER SNAJ 731 CD V/A: THE INSTANT & MINIT STORY  (3-CD)
Dream Girl (prev. unissued)
2005 UK
NIGHT TRAIN INTERNATIONAL NTI CD 7152 V/A: NEW ORLEANS WILL RISE AGAIN  (CD)
Searching For The High Road
2006 US
STILL SLCD 1169 V/A: BLACK HUCHIA CUTHIA  (CD)
Texas Red & Jimmy with Sax Kari Orch.: Comin' Home
2006 HOL
PONTIAC CD 501 V/A: RARE R'N'B HONKERS 1948-1955  (CD)
Train Ride
2009


                                                      

© Compiled by Pete Hoppula

Acknowledgments: Brian Kirchner | Barry Margolis | Neil Pellegrin | Scott Koskinen

Published sources: Blues Records 1943 To 1970 Volume One (Mike Leadbitter & Neil Slaven, 1987) | The Blues Discography 1943-1970 (Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath, 2006) | Blues & Rhythm #244 (11/2009) (obituary by Dan Kochakian)

Online sources: www.allmusic.com | www.recordmaster.com | www.bsnpubs.com | www.ebay.com | www.gemm.com | www.musicstack.com | hubcap.clemson.edu/~campber/rsrf.html (Red Saunders Research Foundation) | www.saxkari.com | blog.justmovingon.info/2007/10/02/sax-kari-on-the-gospel-highway.aspx

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