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How Long?
     

How Long?

by Pinetop Perkins
 
In the summer of 2010, producer Jake Langley took pianist Pinetop Perkins into the studio knowing full well that this would be among the last sessions the blues legend would ever make. Pinetop was 97 years old, and odds were good that this would be the last time he'd ever be recorded, so Langley made sure to capture him in a setting that brought out the best in him,

Overview

In the summer of 2010, producer Jake Langley took pianist Pinetop Perkins into the studio knowing full well that this would be among the last sessions the blues legend would ever make. Pinetop was 97 years old, and odds were good that this would be the last time he'd ever be recorded, so Langley made sure to capture him in a setting that brought out the best in him, recording him live in the studio, sometimes supported by up-and-coming blues singers from the Austin, Texas area. These young guns included Gary Clark, Jr., who would have a major-label breakthrough in 2012, the same year How Long? appeared on RockBeat Records. How Long? did turn out to be Pinetop's last session, and it is a good one. Although there isn't much grit to the production -- it's as clean and crisp as any contemporary blues production -- there is more than enough room to breathe, so it feels live. Perkins isn't always in the forefront, either vocally or instrumentally -- "If You Love Me Like You Say" feels like a Clark solo track -- but when he is, he's a compelling presence, hardly sounding like he's close to his centennial. Perkins didn't live to see that anniversary, but this set proves that he was a vital, electric presence right until the end.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2012
Label:
Rockbeat Records
UPC:
0089353314620
catalogNumber:
3146

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pinetop Perkins   Primary Artist,Piano
Cindy Cashdollar   Lap Steel Guitar
J.J. Johnson   Drums
Chris Maresh   Acoustic Bass
Carolyn Wonderland   Vocals
Mike Flanigin   Organ
Jake Langley   Guitar
Derick OBrian   Guitar
John Mills   Horn
Gary Clark   Vocals
Jon Blondel   Horn
Emily Gimble   Vocals
George Rieff   Electric Bass
Scott MacIntosh   Horn
Rich Hearing   Horn

Technical Credits

Leroy Carr   Composer
Walter Davis   Composer
Little Johnny Taylor   Composer
Joe Williams   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Bobby Charles   Composer
Walter Vinson   Composer
Lonnie Chatmon   Composer
Pinetop Perkins   Composer
Rudy Toombs   Composer
Andrew Shapter   Art Direction
Jake Langley   Composer,Director,Producer,Liner Notes
Preston Foster   Composer
Melvin London   Composer
Dave Percifull   Engineer
Austin Tolin   Camera Operator
Naomi Emerson   Additional Footage

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