Boogie Woogie Kings

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Someone who has a limited knowledge of the acoustic piano styles of the '20s, '30s, and '40s might assume that stride piano as in James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Willie "The Lion" Smith, and Luckey Roberts and boogie-woogie were the same thing. But despite being closely related, they were two different styles. Stride was very much a part of classic jazz, whereas boogie-woogie -- although certainly influenced by jazz and ragtime -- was a groove-oriented, emotionally direct form of piano blues. Some big bands and small groups played boogie-woogie, but unaccompanied solo pianists were the heart of the style. And the crucial role that the acoustic piano played in boogie-woogie is evident on Boogie Woogie Kings, a ...
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All Music Guide
Someone who has a limited knowledge of the acoustic piano styles of the '20s, '30s, and '40s might assume that stride piano as in James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Willie "The Lion" Smith, and Luckey Roberts and boogie-woogie were the same thing. But despite being closely related, they were two different styles. Stride was very much a part of classic jazz, whereas boogie-woogie -- although certainly influenced by jazz and ragtime -- was a groove-oriented, emotionally direct form of piano blues. Some big bands and small groups played boogie-woogie, but unaccompanied solo pianists were the heart of the style. And the crucial role that the acoustic piano played in boogie-woogie is evident on Boogie Woogie Kings, a compilation that Bob Koester thoughtfully assembled for his Delmark label in 2009. The 19 recordings on this 53-minute CD five of them previously unreleased come from the Euphonic Sounds catalog, which Delmark acquired -- and boogie-woogie's big three Meade "Lux" Lewis, Albert Ammons, and Pete Johnson are heard on 1939 broadcasts from the Sherman Hotel in Chicago. Another boogie-woogie great, pianist/singer "Cripple" Clarence Lofton, is heard in 1938 and 1939, but performances by other contributors to boogie-woogie piano were recorded in 1960 Henry Brown or 1955 and 1971 Speckled Red. Of course, a lot of things changed musically between the late '30s and the '60s and '70s. Rock & roll exploded in the mid-'50s, and boogie-woogie like jump blues helped pave the way for the rock & roll explosion. Hearing Ammons, Johnson, Lewis, and Lofton playing their hearts out in the late '30s, it isn't hard to see how much their infectious, hard-driving pianism benefited early rock & roll icons such as Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis. Some collectors will no doubt complain about a typo in the disc's list of recording dates track 19, the final track, is identified as track 23, even though there is no track 23. Regardless, this is an excellent compilation that boogie-woogie enthusiasts will be delighted to get their hands on.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/27/2009
  • Label: Delmark
  • UPC: 038153080426
  • Catalog Number: 804
  • Sales rank: 228,620

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pinetop's Blues - Albert Ammons (2:11)
  2. 2 G-Flat Blues (2:16)
  3. 3 Streamline Train - Cripple Clarence Lofton (2:46)
  4. 4 Pitchin' Boogie - Cripple Clarence Lofton (2:24)
  5. 5 Mistaken Blues - Cripple Clarence Lofton (3:24)
  6. 6 Travelin' Blues - Cripple Clarence Lofton (2:07)
  7. 7 I Don't Know - Cripple Clarence Lofton (2:50)
  8. 8 Mercy Blues - Cripple Clarence Lofton (2:28)
  9. 9 Doll House Boogie - Meade "Lux" Lewis (4:12)
  10. 10 Whistlin' Blues - Meade "Lux" Lewis (2:16)
  11. 11 Deep Morgan - Henry Brown (3:52)
  12. 12 22nd St Stomp - Henry Brown (2:53)
  13. 13 Pickin' Em Out Again - Henry Brown (3:58)
  14. 14 Dirty Dozens - Speckled Red (2:42)
  15. 15 Dad's Piece - Speckled Red (2:18)
  16. 16 Pinetop's Boogie Woogie - Speckled Red (3:03)
  17. 17 Right String But the Wrong Yo Yo - Speckled Red (2:32)
  18. 18 Boogie Woogie Prayer - Meade "Lux" Lewis (2:42)
  19. 19 Closing Time - Meade "Lux" Lewis (2:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pete Johnson Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Albert Ammons Composer
Robert G. Koester Producer
Rufus G. Perryman Composer
Bob Koester Liner Notes
Perryman Composer
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