Blue Guitars, Vols. 1 & 2

Blue Guitars, Vols. 1 & 2

by Eddie Lang


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Blue Guitars, Vols. 1 & 2

Two virtuoso guitarists are featured alone, together and with a small cast of supporting players on the 1998 BGO double-album reissue compilation Blue Guitars, Vols. 1 & 2. Philadelphia native Salvatore Massara, known professionally as Eddie Lang (1902-1933) and New Orleans' own Alonzo Johnson, who worked under the name Lonnie Johnson (1899-1970) both played blues and jazz guitar about as naturally as most people manage to breathe. On approximately ten of the classic recordings assembled here, Lang masqueraded as "Blind Willie Dunn" in order to conceal the fact that theirs was a racially mingled act at a time when the recording industry was still segregated. Traversing the weave of examples from both men's careers, one is struck by the refreshing diversity of moods and textures. In addition to the Italian-American Massaro/Lang's rendition of Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Prelude in C Sharp Minor," there are piano accompaniments by Arthur Schutt, Frank Signorelli, and Rube Bloom, as well as interactions with the Louis Armstrong band and a couple of friendly run-ins with homicidal blues growler Texas Alexander. It's a fine and variegated parcel of classic blues and jazz featuring two of the most inspired and adept guitarists active in the United States of America during the first half of the 20th century.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/25/1998
Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC: 5017261203274
catalogNumber: 327
Rank: 27748

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddie Lang   Primary Artist,Guitar
Lonnie Johnson   Guitar,Track Performer
Hoagy Carmichael   Percussion,Vocals
Paul Barbarin   Drums
Eddie Condon   Banjo
Albert Nicholas   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
King Oliver   Cornet
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Luis Russell   Piano
Joe Sullivan   Piano
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet
Happy Caldwell   Tenor Saxophone
Pops Foster   String Bass
J.C. Higginbotham   Trombone
Teddy Hill   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Holmes   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
J.C. Johnson   Piano
Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall   Drums
Arthur Schutt   Piano
Frank Signorelli   Piano

Technical Credits

Lonnie Johnson   Composer
Eddie Condon   Composer
Eddie Lang   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Frank Signorelli   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Stan Britt   Liner Notes
Anton Lada   Composer
W. Benton Overstreet   Composer
Guy Cowley   Composer
Billy Higgins   Composer

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