Boogie, Blues and Bounce: The Modern Recordings, Vol. 2

Boogie, Blues and Bounce: The Modern Recordings, Vol. 2

by Little Willie LittlefieldLittle Willie Littlefield


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As the sequel to the previous Ace compilation Kat on the Keys, this gathers all the remaining singles that Little Willie Littlefield issued on Modern Records in the late '40s and early '50s. It also has eight previously unissued tracks -- most of them featuring only Littlefield's vocals and piano, without band accompaniment -- and a half dozen other recordings that were not issued while Littlefield was on Modern, surfacing for the first time on 1980's Ace LPs. Kat on the Keys is a better place to start a survey of Littlefield's Modern material, if only because it contains "It's Midnight (No Place to Go)," his sole hit for the label. This companion disc offers more secondary choices, and though it's still above average West Coast piano blues, there is a sameness to a high percentage of the cuts that limits its appeal to collectors of the style. The presence of some songs on which he drifts into a more melancholy, minor-flavored mood than many bluesmen, however, adds some welcome variety to a genre that doesn't customarily embrace such eclecticism. Too, while the vocal-piano-only numbers aren't a match for the more fully produced sides, they do offer a different glimpse of the performer than is heard on his singles, with the greater intimacy that sparser arrangements allow. As usual for Ace, the sound quality and mastering is very good, but you can hear some surface noise on some of the cuts, with some varispeed afflicting just a few songs.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/2005
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667010122
catalogNumber: 1056
Rank: 96778

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Little Willie Littlefield   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Don Wilkerson   Tenor Saxophone
William K. "Billy" Hadnott   Bass
Earl Sumner Jackson   Tenor Saxophone
Ray Martinez   Drums
Peppy Prince   Drums
Floyd Turnham   Tenor Saxophone
Mitchell "Tiny" Webb   Guitar
Bill Douglass   Drums
Jesse Ervin   Guitar
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Norris   Guitar
Jake "Vernon" Porter   Trumpet
Wichard   Drums
Bill Davis   Bass
Doug Byars   Trumpet
Lorenzo "Buddy" Floyd   Tenor Saxophone
James Williams   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Little Willie Littlefield   Composer
John Beverly Jones   Contributor
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes,Annotation
Joe Josea   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer

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