Keep It Rollin': The Blues Piano Collection

Keep It Rollin': The Blues Piano Collection

     
 

Probably the most amazing thing about this record is how fresh the music sounds. In a genre that at best has been recycling its sounds for over 50 years, it's exciting to hear that indeed, there is a lot of blues piano music being made that is vibrant, individual, and yes, living. While this album has its share of "dum da dum da dum" repetition, what is simply… See more details below

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Probably the most amazing thing about this record is how fresh the music sounds. In a genre that at best has been recycling its sounds for over 50 years, it's exciting to hear that indeed, there is a lot of blues piano music being made that is vibrant, individual, and yes, living. While this album has its share of "dum da dum da dum" repetition, what is simply stunning are the tracks that expose a rainbow of individualistic expression -- no small accomplishment on an instrument and a genre most would consider fairly rigid. Of special note are the mean ramblings of James Booker, the furious virtuosity of Davell Crawford, and the near brilliant, jazzy explorations of Willie Tee. Also revelatory are the tracks by Charles Brown, a musician who refuses to be filed in some musical museum. This stuff is good, real good. One can only wonder why these men aren't bigger stars than they are. If you want to know what's been happening in blues piano for the last 20 years, this is where you start.

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Editorial Reviews

Southwest Blues
The practitioners presented here by Rounder Records take a swath across time and space to give you a fine collection of old-timers and newcomers working through boogie, barrelhouse, rag and urban differences in their deliveries and compositions. These unaccompanied recordings give you the man and piano in collectable renditions with technologically superb digital remastering.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/13/2001
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661160125
catalogNumber:
611601
Rank:
2050

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles Brown   Piano,Vocals
Eddie Bo   Piano,Vocals
Art Neville   Piano
Tuts Washington   Piano
James Booker   Piano,Vocals
Willie Tee   Piano
Booker T. Laury   Piano,Vocals
Davell Crawford   Piano

Technical Credits

Charles Brown   Arranger,Composer
James Booker   Arranger
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Scott Billington   Art Direction
David Farrell   Engineer
Jay Gallagher   Engineer
Ron Levy   Producer
Tom McDermott   Liner Notes
Rusty McFarland   Engineer
Toby Mountain   Mastering
John Parsons   Producer
Steve Rosenthal   Engineer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Davell Crawford   Arranger,Producer
Eddie Bocage   Composer
Nancy Given   Art Direction
Walter Jacobs   Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Christian Clayton   Cover Art
Willie Turbinton   Composer

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