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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
One of the giants of boogie-woogie piano, Albert Ammons' career was cut short by his untimely death in 1949 at the age of just 42. This Document CD compilation is a welcome addition to his legacy, as it collects rare and mostly previously unissued alternate takes, broadcasts and private home recordings. The first two tracks, "Nagasaki" and "Early Morning' Blues," feature Albert Ammons & His Rhythm Kings, with trumpeter Guy Kelly and alto saxophonist Dalbert Bright who switches to clarinet for the latter song. A later of edition of the group features trumpeter Hot Lips Page, trombonist Vic Dickenson, tenor saxophonist Don Byas, drummer Sidney Cattlet and bassist Israel ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
One of the giants of boogie-woogie piano, Albert Ammons' career was cut short by his untimely death in 1949 at the age of just 42. This Document CD compilation is a welcome addition to his legacy, as it collects rare and mostly previously unissued alternate takes, broadcasts and private home recordings. The first two tracks, "Nagasaki" and "Early Morning' Blues," feature Albert Ammons & His Rhythm Kings, with trumpeter Guy Kelly and alto saxophonist Dalbert Bright who switches to clarinet for the latter song. A later of edition of the group features trumpeter Hot Lips Page, trombonist Vic Dickenson, tenor saxophonist Don Byas, drummer Sidney Cattlet and bassist Israel Crosby the latter who took part in the earlier recordings, Dickenson takes solo honors on "Bottom Blues No. 2." Ammons guests with Benny Goodman & His Orchestra with vocals by Johnny Mercer for an upbeat if watered down take of "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie"; Meade "Lux" Lewis is announced as a second pianist, but is not audible. Of most interest to collectors will be the numerous solo tracks by Ammons, particularly "Whistlin' Blues," where he shows off his whistling ability. While the sound quality varies widely, as some of the privately recorded transcription discs show signs of wear, the rarity of this music and the detailed liner notes will make it an essential purchase for boogie-woogie fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/1998
  • Label: Document
  • UPC: 714298100822
  • Catalog Number: 1008
  • Sales rank: 179,101

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Albert Ammons Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano
Benny Goodman Clarinet
Ziggy Elman Trumpet
Israel Crosby Baritone Saxophone
Red Ballard Tuba
Vernon Brown Tuba
Don Byas Tenor Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Vic Dickenson Tuba
Harry Goodman Baritone Saxophone
Irving Goodman Trumpet
Chris Griffin Trumpet
Jimmie Hoskins Drums
Jerry Jerome Tenor Saxophone
Guy Kelly Trumpet
Johnny Mercer Saxophone
Hot Lips Page Trumpet
Ike Perkins Guitar
Arthur Rollini Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Schutz Drums
Technical Credits
Stephen Foster Composer
Albert Ammons Composer
Pinetop Smith Composer
Meade "Lux" Lewis Composer
Traditional Composer
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