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martes, 18 de julio de 2017

Albert Ammons • The Boogie Woogie Trio, Vols. 1-2



Review by Ken Dryden
Although The Boogie Woogie Trio is the title of this two-CD compilation, boogie-woogie pianists Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, and Meade "Lux" Lewis are featured as a trio on just 12 of the 45 tracks in this collection. Most of these trio performances come from two transcription sessions made for MacGregor in 1944, with two songs coming from 1939 airchecks originating at the Hotel Sherman in Chicago, with "Boogie Woogie Prayer" and their lively treatment of "St. Louis Blues" standing out as highlights. One error in the notes to this reissue is the omission of Johnson's rhythm section for his set from the 1947 Just Jazz concert in Pasadena, as guitarist Sonny Rogers, bassist Johnny Parker, and drummer Roy Milton are also on hand. Of course, a rhythm section was superfluous for a powerful boogie-woogie interpreter, so Johnson really didn't need any help. Especially noteworthy is Johnson's "Four O'Clock Blues." Likewise, drummer Smokey Stover's name is omitted from Lewis' various early-'50s airchecks from Club Hangover in San Francisco, though a second take of his "Six Wheel Chaser" is newly added. The instrument Lewis is stuck playing in this venue had obviously seen better days, but like many pianists of the day, he made the most of what he had to work with. The second CD focuses on vintage 1939 airchecks from the Hotel Sherman by each of the pianists individually, plus two trio selections. The sound quality is quite good, while all three artists are in top form, with Lewis stealing the show with his fine whistling in his appropriately titled "Whistling Blues." This two-CD set should be considered an essential acquisition for anyone interested in boogie-woogie.


Disc 1
1. Boogie Woogie Prayer
2. Foot Pedal Blues
3. Jumpin' The Boogie
4. Cuttin' The Boogie
5. St. Louis Blues
6. Lady Be Good
7. The Sheik Of Araby
8. Pistol Packin' Mama
9. Rumboogie
10. Boogie Woogie Man
11. Yancey Special (Boogie Woogie) (Live)
12. J. J. Boogie (Live)
13. Swanee River Blues (Live)
14. St. Louis Blues (Live Pasadena, Ca 1947)
15. Glendale Glide (Live)
16. St. Louis Blues (Live San Francisco, Ca 1953)
17. Boogie Tidal (Live)
18. Mr. Freddie Blues (Live)
19. Spoony Sam (Live)
20. Six Wheel Chaser (Live San Francisco, 1954)
21. Meade's Boogie (Live)
22. Six Wheel Chaser (Live)

Disc 2
1. Pinetop Blues (Broadcast From The Sherman Hotel, Chicago, 1939)
2. G Flat Blues (Broadcast From The Sherman Hotel, Chicago, 1939)
3. Whistling Blues (Broadcast From The Sherman Hotel, Chicago, 1939)
4. Jesse James (Broadcast From The Sherman Hotel, Chicago, 1939)
5. Has Anyone Seen Corrinne (Broadcast From The Sherman Hotel, Chicago, 1939)
6. St Louis Blues (Broadcast From The Sherman Hotel, Chicago, 1939)
7. Woo Woo
8. Saturday Night Struggle (Broadcast From The Sherman Hotel, Chicago, 1939)
9. Hersal Blues (Broadcast From The Sherman Hotel, Chicago, 1939)
10. Bear Cat Crawl (Broadcast From The Sherman Hotel, Chicago, 1939)
11. Pete's Blues (Broadcast From The Sherman Hotel, Chicago, 1939)
12. Try Again (Broadcast From The Sherman Hotel, Chicago, 1939)
13. Mama's Blues (Broadcast From The Sherman Hotel, Chicago, 1939)
14. Shout For Joy (Broadcast From The Sherman Hotel, Chicago, 1939)
15. Boogie Woogie Prayer (Broadcast From The Sherman Hotel, Chicago, 1939)
16. Boogie Woogie (Broadcast From The Sherman Hotel, Chicago, 1939)
17. Boogie Woogie Jump (Broadcast From The Sherman Hotel, Chicago, 1939)
18. Jo Jo (Broadcast From The Sherman Hotel, Chicago, 1939)
19. Four O'Clock Blues (Broadcast From The Sherman Hotel, Chicago, 1939)
20. Dupree Blues (Broadcast From The Sherman Hotel, Chicago, 1939)
21. Monday Struggle (Broadcast From The Sherman Hotel, Chicago, 1939)
22. Chapel Blues (Broadcast From The Sherman Hotel, Chicago, 1939)
23. Closing Time (Broadcast From The Sherman Hotel, Chicago, 1939)

Release Date August 3, 2004
Duration: 01:58:55
Genre: Jazz, Blues
Styles: Boogie-Woogie, Piano Blues, Swing,
Recording Date: September, 1939 - September 11, 1954








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