Blues Piano Orgy

Blues Piano Orgy

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Overview

Thanks in part to the luridly alluring title and the enthusiastically informative liner notes by Bob Koester, this solid collection was many a young musician's introduction to the men who pioneered blues piano in the first half of the 20th century. Roosevelt Sykes is the best represented artist here, and his leering vocals are hard to resist: After hearing the ribald metaphor of "Dresser Drawers," you'll never view furniture quite the same way again. His "Kickin' Motor Scooter" is truly a marvel of smiling euphemism, with the song devoted to boasts of how he's "A dangerous motor scooter...A tricky motor scooter!" Other artists, while not always as inventive lyrically, show a wide range of piano styles, from the bouncing syncopated jazz of "Stendahl Stomp" to the trickling upper registers and restrained bass coaxed by Curtis Jones from a battered old piano in "Tin Pan Alley Blues #2." Not every track is unaccompanied piano, though. "Every Time I Get to Drinking," a blues dirge to the bottle, revolves around the elastic pull of an upright bass. The closing instrumental, Otis Spann's "Three-in-One Blues," features ominous bass chords wracked by a scattershot backing of drums. Despite being essentially a glorified soundcheck, and by far the least structured piece on the album, it's also the most primally satisfying.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/10/1996
Label: Delmark
UPC: 0038153062620
catalogNumber: 626
Rank: 105992

Tracks

  1. Blues Hurt My Tongue to Talk
  2. Dresser Drawers
  3. Concentration Blues
  4. Kickin' Motor Scooter
  5. (New Year's) Resolution Blues
  6. My Baby's Coming with a Marriage License
  7. Poor Boy
  8. Everytime I Get to Drinkin'
  9. Depression Blues
  10. Stendahl Stomp
  11. Tremblin' Blues
  12. No Special Rider Blues
  13. Bass Key Boogie
  14. Five O'Clock Blues
  15. Nat Dee Special
  16. Lonesome Bedroom Blues
  17. Takin' Off
  18. Tin Pan Alley
  19. Three-In-One Blues

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Curtis Jones   Track Performer
Memphis Slim   Piano,Vocals
Little Brother Montgomery   Piano,Track Performer
Matt "Guitar" Murphy   Guitar
Roosevelt Sykes   Piano,Track Performer
Speckled Red   Piano,Track Performer
Homesick James Williamson   Bass,Guitar
Fred Below   Drums
Ernest Cotton   Tenor Saxophone
Neil Green   Tenor Saxophone
St. Louis Jimmy Oden   Vocals
Sunnyland Slim   Track Performer
Otis Spann   Piano,Track Performer
Otto Allen   Drums
Curtis Mosley   Bass

Technical Credits

Erwin Helfer   Engineer
Stu Black   Engineer
Robert G. Koester   Producer,Liner Notes
Kate Hoddinott   Packaging
Bill Kline   Engineer

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