Masters of the Boogie Piano

Masters of the Boogie Piano

     
 

When John Lee Hooker recorded his original version of "Boogie Chillun" in 1948, he uttered one of the most famous phrases in the history of the blues: "let that boy boogie woogie because it's in him and it's got to come out." The influential blues singer was using the term boogie as a verb, but on this compilation, boogie is used as aSee more details below

Overview

When John Lee Hooker recorded his original version of "Boogie Chillun" in 1948, he uttered one of the most famous phrases in the history of the blues: "let that boy boogie woogie because it's in him and it's got to come out." The influential blues singer was using the term boogie as a verb, but on this compilation, boogie is used as a noun and refers to a specific style of blues/jazz piano playing. Boogie piano peaked in the '30s and '40s, but it continued to be played long after that, and Masters of the Boogie Piano, which spans 1939-2001, focuses on boogie during a 62-year period. Some of the recordings go back to boogie's heyday, including Meade "Lux" Lewis' "Bear Cat Crawl" and Albert Ammons' 1939 performance of Hersal Thomas' "Hersal Blues." Also from 1939 is "Boogie Woogie Prayer," a piano summit that unites Lewis and Ammons (Gene Ammons' father) with another one of instrumental boogie's all-time greats: Pete Johnson. But not everyone on this 2003 release was a full-time instrumentalist who exclusively played boogie. Early-'60s recordings by Curtis Jones and Roosevelt Sykes are two examples of blues singers playing the piano in a boogie style -- and similarly, swing-to-bop pianist Sir Charles Thompson makes a boogie detour on "A Boogie Woogie" (recorded live at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago in 2000). One could nitpick about the lack of liner notes or the fact that the CD only lasts 39 minutes, but then, Masters of the Boogie Piano is part of Delmark's budget-line series and has a recommended retail price of only $7.98 in the United States -- not exactly exorbitant by 2003 standards. Masters of the Boogie Piano is far from the last word on boogie piano, but it's an enjoyable disc that paints an attractive picture of the lively, exuberant style.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2003
Label:
Delmark
UPC:
0038153090821
catalogNumber:
908

Tracks

Read More

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Curtis Jones   Piano
Little Brother Montgomery   Piano
Roosevelt Sykes   Piano
Albert Ammons   Piano
Peter Johnson   Piano
Speckled Red   Piano
Barrett Deems   Drums
Charles Thompson   Piano
Greg Bigger   Drums
Meade "Lux" Lewis   Piano
Robert McCoy   Piano
Duke Groner   Bass
Steve Behr   Piano

Technical Credits

Curtis Jones   Composer
Roosevelt Sykes   Composer
Albert Ammons   Composer
Peter Johnson   Composer
Robert G. Koester   Producer
Meade "Lux" Lewis   Composer
Eurreal Montgomery   Composer
Rufus G. Perryman   Composer
Ken Saydak   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Hersal Thomas   Composer
Dave Dexter   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Steve Wagner   Producer

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >