In 1969, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist Al Kooper added "talent scout" to his already lengthy résumé on the follow-up to the highly successful Super Session disc, which had been issued the previous year. One major difference between the two, however, is the relatively unknown cast featured on Kooper Session. Both albums again converge with the presentation of top-shelf musicianship and inspired performances. At only 15 years of age, guitarist Shuggie Otis is equally potent a performer as the seasoned keyboardist/guitarist Kooper. The duo is able to manifest an aggregate of material whose success leans as much on Kooper's experience as it does on Otis' sheer inspired youthful energy. The LP is divided between a side of shorter works (aka "songs") and a few extended instrumentals (aka "blues"). Kooper and Otis steer their house band, which includes Stu Woods (bass), Wells Kelly (drums), and Mark Klingman (piano). The tight arrangements aptly reveal Kooper's uncanny ability as a musical conduit. "Bury My Body" -- a variation on "In My Time of Dyin'" -- has been reworked into a gospel rave-up and features Kooper on one of the album's only vocals. Conversely, "Double or Nothing" is a spot-on re-creation of a Booker T. & the MG's track, which not only retains every Memphis-inspired intonation, but also shows off Otis' ability to cop Steve Cropper's guitar solo note for note. The blues instrumental jams are documented live and presented on this album the way that they originally went down at the recording sessions. The descriptively titled "Shuggie's Old Time Dee-Di-Lee-Di-Leet-Deet Slide Boogie" is endowed with a nostalgic piano/bottleneck slide duet and even features the added production value of manufactured surface noise. Both "12:15 Slow Goonbash Blues" and "Shuggie's Shuffle" are certainly no less traditional, allowing both Otis and Kooper the chance to stretch out and interact in real time.
Performance CreditsKooper Primary Artist,Organ,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Ondioline,Guitar (Baritone)
Shuggie Otis Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Baritone)
Hilda Harris Vocals
Melvin Jernigan Wind
Wells Kelly Drums
Mark "Moogy" Klingman Piano,Keyboards
Albertine Robinson Vocals
Valerie Simpson Vocals
Stu Woods Bass
Harris Singers Robinson Vocals,Track Performer
Technical CreditsKooper Composer,Producer,Sleeve Notes
Alan Price Composer
Doug Pomeroy Engineer
Alan Robinson Liner Notes
Roy Segal Engineer
Sandy Speiser Cover Photo
Lloyd Ziff Artwork,Cover Design
Chris Welch Liner Notes
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Kooper Session: Super Session, Vol. 2 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Al Kooper was sinking fast as a newly appointed A& R at Columbia, until he allowed his blues instinct to do the walking. In the effort to absorb an album deadline with a jam session starring Mike Bloomfield, out came " Super Session" , the blues-rock stamp of the late 60's. No way to do that trick twice, but a close follow-up was a little sleeper for the label called " Kooper Session" , spotlighting teen Shuggie Otis, and some of Kooper's tightest work over his term of CBS office. The long jams are wonderful, but check out their cover of Double Or Nothing...gorgeous adaptation of Booker T & the MG's
THIS MONUMENTAL ALBUM FROM 1969 BRINGS TOGETHER THE ENORMOUS TALENTS OF AL KOOPER AND SHUGGIE OTIS. I HAVE THIS ALBUM RECORDED ON TO THE OLD REEL TO REEL AUDIO AND LISTEN TO IT QUITE REGULARLY. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND IT AS IT IS VERY MUCH ROOTED INTO THE BLUES AND IS STRONG FROM START TO FINISH. THE ALBUM IS VERY SHORT BUT THAT IS MADE UP FOR BY THE MONSTEROUS FINALLY OF ''THE SLOW GOONBASH BLUES''. FIVE STARS WITHOUT A DOUBT. DON'T WASTE ANOTHER DAY WITHOUT THIS ALBUM!