Was R&B pioneer Louis Jordan all that important? Well, just ask Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, or B. B. King, three giants of American popular music who've stated that Jordan’s artistic influence was crucial to their own careers. Now the King of the Blues has devoted a straight-from-the-heart tribute to the great vocalist, saxophonist, bandleader and all-around entertainer, who has become the patron saint of the late '90s swing revival. King has sounded more robust, but he’s still obviously having lots of fun taking on such comic masterpieces as “Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie,” “Caledonia,” “Ain’t Nobody Here but Us Chickens,” “Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby,” and “Jack You’re Dead!” And when touching on Jordan’s deeper blues -- “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out” “Somebody Done Changed the Lock On My Door,” “I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town” -- King is securely in his element, singing and picking his guitar with the assurance of a master reveling in the six decades of playing he’s got under his belt. It doesn’t hurt King one bit that he’s backed by a band of seasoned studio vets, including Ray Charles' former bandleader, Hank Crawford, who handles chart duties here, and saxophonist David “Fathead” Newman and pianist Dr. John. B. B. King has done more for the blues than anyone who’s ever played the music, but it’s a delight to hear him give it up for one of his own heroes.