Ebony and Ivory Blues

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
With a style that merged boogie-woogie neatly into the blues, Otis Spann found his first success as the pianist for Muddy Waters, and he played on virtually all of Waters' classic tracks between 1953 and 1969, but as the house pianist for Chicago's Chess Records, he also figured prominently on sides from Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, Junior Wells, Etta James, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, and countless others. Spann was also a fine singer and leader in his own right, and on his own sides, as well. This wonderful two-disc set collects Spann's early solo outings for Chess from the '50s, as well as material from his 1960 sessions in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
With a style that merged boogie-woogie neatly into the blues, Otis Spann found his first success as the pianist for Muddy Waters, and he played on virtually all of Waters' classic tracks between 1953 and 1969, but as the house pianist for Chicago's Chess Records, he also figured prominently on sides from Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, Junior Wells, Etta James, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, and countless others. Spann was also a fine singer and leader in his own right, and on his own sides, as well. This wonderful two-disc set collects Spann's early solo outings for Chess from the '50s, as well as material from his 1960 sessions in New York with Robert Lockwood, Jr. and St. Louis Jimmy Oden, and rounds things into a complete portrait by including sides he did with B.B. King, James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, and many others. Spann is regarded as Chicago's greatest post-war blues pianist. This set shows why.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2012
  • Label: Blues Boulevard
  • EAN: 5413992503087
  • Catalog Number: 250308
  • Sales rank: 69,398

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Otis Spann Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Billy Boy Arnold Harmonica
James Cotton Harmonica
Willie Dixon Bass
Buddy Guy Guitar, Vocals
Big Walter Horton Harmonica
Little Walter Harmonica, Vocals
Hubert Sumlin Guitar
Junior Wells Harmonica
Chuck Berry Guitar, Vocals
Jody Williams Guitar
Robert Lockwood Jr. Guitar, Vocals
Fred Below Drums
Bo Diddley Guitar, Vocals
Howlin' Wolf Vocals
Jarrett Gibson Tenor Saxophone
Jerome Green Maracas
Donald Hankins Baritone Saxophone
Ebby Hardy Drums
Pat Hare Guitar
Clifton James Drums
St. Louis Jimmy Oden Vocals
B.B. King Guitar
Jack Meyers Bass
Muddy Waters Guitar, Vocals
Bob Neely Tenor Saxophone
Earl Phillips Drums
Francey Clay Drums
Technical Credits
Cow Cow Davenport Composer
Willie Dixon Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Tampa Red Composer
Andrew McMahon Composer
Big Maceo Merriweather Composer
Robert Lockwood Jr. Composer
St. Louis Jimmy Oden Composer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
McKinley Morganfield Composer
Otis Spann Composer
Alfie Falckenbach Liner Notes, Art Direction
Preston Foster Composer
Aleck Miller Composer
Didier Schohier Layout
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