Pinetop Perkins & Friends

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2008
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408368028
  • Catalog Number: 83680
  • Sales rank: 84,502

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
Roger Seibel Mastering
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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