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Pinetop Perkins & Friends
     

Pinetop Perkins & Friends

by Pinetop Perkins
 
These superstar guest "friends" affairs can get awfully tiresome, but this one is better than most. It was recorded over a two and a half year period when the irrepressible Chicago blues and boogie pianist was 92-94 years old, yet he seems decades younger. The songs are generally Chicago blues standards such as "Got My Mojo Working," "Hoochie Coochie Man," "Look on

Overview

These superstar guest "friends" affairs can get awfully tiresome, but this one is better than most. It was recorded over a two and a half year period when the irrepressible Chicago blues and boogie pianist was 92-94 years old, yet he seems decades younger. The songs are generally Chicago blues standards such as "Got My Mojo Working," "Hoochie Coochie Man," "Look on Yonders Wall" and, Lord help us, "Sweet Home Chicago." Still, if anyone has earned the right to give these chestnuts another go-round it's Perkins. Even though he's played nearly all of them thousands of times, he's as enthusiastic and invigorated as if he'd just written these well-worn classics. The piano man is spry on the 88s, tinkling the ivories like he's half his age, especially on the jaunty "Take it Easy Baby," the lively opener. Even though producer Doug B. Nelson overdubbed many of the higher profile parts, the set sounds open and natural, avoiding the stiffness that usually results with projects such as this. Only Eric Clapton, Jimmie Vaughan, and B.B. King can be considered major stars with the rest of the "friends" lesser known blues stalwarts such as singer Nora Jean Brusco and bassist Willie Kent (Kent passed before this disc was finally released in June, 2008). Thankfully Perkins is in such bracing form that except for King, who trades quips with him on "Down in Mississippi," nobody overwhelms or even steals the spotlight from the album's star. On the slow blues "Anna Lee," Perkins sounds positively lascivious, but in a charming, non-threatening way. He's also inspired by "Hoochie Coochie Man," with Vaughan assisting, laughing at the end like a child. Hotshot slide guitarist Eric Sardinas redeems himself for his own over the top albums with zippy work here on "Barefootin'" and especially "Mojo..." Pinetop is so loose, upbeat, and cheerful for these sessions, you'd think he had another 94 years left in him.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2008
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408368028
catalogNumber:
83680

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pinetop Perkins   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Willie Kent   Bass
Eric Clapton   Guitar
B.B. King   Guitar,Vocals
Larry Millas   Background Vocals
Kester Smith   Drums
Bob Stroger   Bass
Jimmie Vaughan   Guitar,Vocals
Bill Willis   Hammond Organ
Leon Smith & The Basics   Drums
Paul Diethelm   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Eric Sardinas   Guitar,Vocals
Kenny Smith & The Loveliters   Drums

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Johnny Otis   Composer
Simon Climie   Producer
Robert Johnson   Composer
Larry Millas   Engineer
Pinetop Perkins   Arranger
Stuart Sullivan   Engineer
Delmar Evans   Composer
Joe Perkins   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Herman Parker   Composer
Bob Gruen   Photo Courtesy
Neil Citron   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Preston Foster   Composer

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