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dimanche 16 décembre 2018

BIG JOE TURNER/ The Pablo Sessions


BIG JOE TURNER/ COMPLETE PABLO SESSIONS

           
Quand Big Joe Turner (1911-85) enregistre pour Norman Granz, il est quelque peu oublié. Pionnier du blues de Kansas City, partie prenante de la folie du boogie woogie dans les années 30 auprès de Pete Johnson, chanteur ultra puissant archétype des Blues Shouters, Joe est le chanteur des grands orchestres de Benny Moten, Andy Kirk, Count Basie avant d'enregistrer en vedette du R&B une oeuvre copieuse pour de nombreux labels. Très avisé, superbe showman, Big Joe va savoir maintenir intacte sa popularité longtemps. Il est d'ailleurs un des rares artistes noirs du R&Blues capable de s'arrimer au courant du Rock n'Roll. Il signe sur le label Atlantic en 1951 qui l'entoure des meilleurs musiciens du moment, le produit intelligemment et distribue ses disques dans toute l'Amérique. Shake, rattle and roll; Flip, flop and fly et Teenage letter obtiennent autant de succès dans les Hit Parades "Rhythm & Blues" que "pop" et son nom est associé aux stars adolescentes du Rock'n'roll!, notamment dans plusieurs films.
            Mais dans les années 60, Big Joe apparaît largement comme une figure du passé. Il essaie de s'adapter aux goûts du blues revival mais, malgré la très grande qualité de ses disques (magnifique album Kent avec George Smith!), sa manière d'être et de chanter ne plaisent guère à ce nouveau public qui ne jure plus que par les bluesmen du Delta ou ceux du ghetto de Chicago.
            Big Joe s'installe alors en Californie et apparaît surtout dans des festivals de jazz et de façon irrégulière dans les clubs de Los Angeles. Lorsque le producteur de jazz Norman Granz, après une éclipse forcée, décide de relancer son label Pablo et de reprendre des tournées internationales de big bands, il pense en premier à Count Basie à qui il adjoint Big Joe Turner. Le succès de cette tournée au printemps 1972 est tel que Granz décide d'enregistrer live le concert parisien et de le sortir sur Pablo.
            Les dés sont lancés: Joe Turner revient à son rôle favori de blues shouter et, devenu très ami avec Granz, il va enregistrer pas moins de neuf autres albums pour Pablo entre 1972 et 78, entouré de certains des noms les plus prestigieux du jazz. Si l'album The Bosses (avec Count Basie mais en studio) recueille de bonnes critiques, les autres sont très fraîchement accueillis, notamment par les critiques de blues qui soulignent l'absence de nouveau répertoire, les solos très longs, les morceaux étirés, les disques enregistrés en très peu de temps. Joe n'est pas non plus toujours dans une grande forme. Sa santé se détériore beaucoup durant cette période et il ne se déplace plus que difficilement et à l'aide d'une canne.
            Malgré tout, ces disques prennent avec le temps une autre dimension: ils réunissent de grands musiciens qui ont marqué l'histoire et qui ont d'évidence du plaisir à se retrouver ensemble. Et finalement, ce long corpus permet à Big Joe Turner, un des plus grands noms de l'histoire du blues, d'ajouter - presque en fin de carrière - une nouvelle pierre solide à sa longue et riche oeuvre.
            La plupart de ces LPs sont aujourd'hui introuvables et nous remercions tous ceux qui ont permis de les rassembler ici: Marc (Fr), Hartmut Münnich, Kempen, Steve 626...
                                                                       Gérard HERZHAFT

            When Big Joe Turner (1911-85) began his series of recordings for Norman Granz' rejuvenated Pablo label, he was a little bit forgotten. Pioneer of the Kansas City blues, linked with the boogie woogie craze of the 1930's, particularly with his fellow Pete Johnson, Joe is a consummate showman and an ultra-powerful blues shouter with the big bands of Andy Kirk, Benny Moten or Count Basie before launching a personal career as a major name of the R&B, heavily recording for numerous labels. Moreover, when signing with the Atlantic label in 1951, Joe became one of the few black R&B star to be able to crossover in the emerging Rock'n'roll field, singing before audience of teenagers, appearing in many R'n'R movies and placing records like Shake, rattle and roll; Flip, flop and fly or Teenage letter into the Tops 40 of R&B as well as Pop!
            But in the 60's, Big Joe seems to be a figure of the past. He tries to cope with the tastes of the new Blues Revival audiences, waxing excellent deep blues albums (one with George Smith) but he was not the Delta or the Chicago ghetto bluesman that this public wanted exclusively at that time.
            Big Joe comes to live in California and appears irregularly on jazz festivals and L.A. clubs. When in 1972 producer and former civic rights activist Norman Granz decided to launch a big band tour of Europe, he chose to reunite old Kansas City partners, Count Basie and his Orchestra with blues shouter Big Joe Turner. The tour proved to be so successful that Granz recorded live the Paris concert and issued it on his Pablo label. This started a new association between Turner and Granz that gave nine subsequent LP's until 1978! Joe is once again the blues shouter supreme surrounded by some of the biggest and most respected jazzmen still working then. But if The Bosses (with Count Basie) has some good reviews, the other albums are mildly welcomed, particularly by blues critics who point out the lack of new material, the overlong numbers and solos, the quickly recorded sessions and sometimes a lacking of rehearsal... Joe's health is also declining and it shows sometimes in his voice.
            Anyway, the passing years give those LPs a better significance: they brought together great musicians (and some of the greatest) who evidently enjoyed playing with each other and at last those late sessions are a welcomed addition to the recording works of one of the true giants of the blues.
            Most of those records are unavailable today, sometimes very hard to find and all those who have made possible this project must be thanked: Marc (Fr) particularly, Hartmut Münnich, Kempen, Steve 626..

                                                                       Gérard HERZHAFT

JOE TURNER/ THE COMPLETE PABLO SESSIONS
Joe Turner with Count Basie - Flip flop and fly
Joe Turner, vcl; Count Basie, pno; Freddie Green, g; Pete Minger, tpt; Waymon Reed, tpt; Sonny Cohn, tpt; Mel Wanzo, tb; Al Grey, tb; Frank Cooks, tb; Bill Hughes, tb; Bobby Platter, a-sax; Curtis Beagler, a-sax; John Williams, b-sax; Eddie Lockjaw Davis, t-sax; Eric Dixon, t-sax; Jimmy Forrest, t-sax; Norman Keenan, bs; Sonny Payne, dms. Paris, Fr. avril 1972
01. Hide and seek
02. T.V. Momma
03. Corrine Corrina
04. Cherry Red
05. Shake, rattle and roll
06. Since I fell for you
07. Flip flop and fly
08. Everyday I have the blues
09. Good morning blues

Count Basie & Joe Turner - The Bosses
Joe Turner, vcl; Count Basie, pno/og; Harry Edison, tpt; J.J. Johnson, tb; Eddie Davis, t-sax; Zoot Sims, t-sax; Irving Ashby, g; Roy Brown, bs; Louis Bellson, dms. Los Angeles, Ca. 11 décembre 1973
10. Honeydripper
11. Honey Hush
12. Cherry Red
13. Night time is the right time
14. Blues around the clock
15. Since I fell for you
16. Flip flop and fly
17. Wee baby blues
18. Good morning blues
19. Roll'em Pete

Joe Turner - Life Ain't Easy
Joe Turner, vcl; Roy Eldridge (trumpet) Al Grey (trombone) Lee Allen (tenor saxophone) Jimmy Robins (piano, organ) Thomas Gadson (guitar) Ray Brown (bass) Earl Palmer (drums) Los Angeles, CA, June 3, 1974
20. Life Ain't Easy
21. Plant Your Garden
22. So Long
23. For Growin' Up
24. (What's Your Story,) Morning Glory
25. Kick The Front Door In

The Trumpet Kings meet Joe Turner
Joe Turner, vcl; Harry Edison, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry (trumpet) Jimmy Robins (piano, organ) Pee Wee Crayton (guitar) Chuck Norris (bass) Washington Rucker (drums) Los Angeles, CA, September 18, 1974
26. Stormy Monday
27. Mornin' noon and night
28. I know you love me baby
29. T.V. mama
30. Tain't nobody's bizness if I do

Joe Turner - Everyday I have the blues
Joe Turner, vcl; Sonny Stitt, a-sax/t-sax; J.D. Nicholson, Pee Wee Crayton, g; Charles Norris, bs; Washington Rucker, dms. Los Angeles, Ca. 3 mars 1975
31. Stormy monday
32. Piney Brown
33. Martin Luther King Southside
34. Everyday I have the blues
35. Shake rattle and roll
36. Lucille
Big Joe Turner Nobody in mind
Joe Turner, vcl; Roy Eldridge, tpt; J.D. Nicholson, pno; Milt Jackson, vb; Pee Wee Crayton, g; William Walker, bs; Charles Randall, dms. Los Angeles, Ca. 27 août 1975
37. I want a little girl
38. Nobody in mind
39. The Chicken and the Hawk
40. I just didn't have the price
41. How long how long blues
42. Crawdad hole
43. Juke Joint blues
44. Red Sails in the sunset

Joe Turner - In The Evening
Joe Turner, vcl; Bob Smith, a-sax; J.D. Nicholson, pno; Herman Bennett, g; Pee Wee Crayton, g; Winston McGregor, bs; Charles Randall, dms. Los Angeles, CA, 10 mars 1976
45. In The Evening
46. Summertime
47. Sweet Lorraine
48. Too Late, Too Late
49. I've Got The World On A String
50. Chains Of Love
51. Corrine, Corrina
52. J.T. Blues
53. Pennies From Heaven
54. Two Loves Have I

Joe Turner - The Midnight Special
Joe Turner, vcl; Jake Porter, tpt; Roy Brewster, b-sax; Curtis Peagler, t-sax; Curtis Kirk, hca; Sylvester Scott, pno; Cal Green, g; Bobby Haynes, bs; Washington Rucker, dms. Los Angeles, CA, 27 mai 1976
55. The Things That I Used To Do
56. The Midnight Special
57. You're Driving Me Crazy
58. So Long
59. I Left My Heart In San Francisco
60. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
61. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
62. After My Laughter Came Tears
63. Stoop Down Baby

Joe Turner - Things That I Used To Do 
Joe Turner, vcl; Blue Mitchell, tpt; Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, a-sax; Rashid Jamal Ali, t-sax; Wild Bill Moore, t-sax; Lloyd Glenn, pno; Gildo Mahones, og; Greg Beck, g; Gary Bell, g; Lawrence Gales, bs; Bruno Carr, dms. Los Angeles, CA, 8 février 1977
64. Time After Time
65. The Things That I Used To Do
66. S.K. Blues
67. Jelly Jelly Blues
68. Hey Little Girl
69. Shake It And Break It
70. St. Louis Blues
71. Oke-She-Moke-She-Pop
72. My Train Rolled Up In Texas

Have No Fear, Joe Turner Is Here
Joe Turner, vcl; Joe Banks, tpt; Bobby Smith, a-sax; Bill Clark, t-sax; Hollis Gilmore, t-sax; Lloyd Glenn, pno; Pee Wee Crayton, g; Evan Walker, g; Bill Walker, bs; Charles Randall, dms; Frederick Woods, perc. Hollywood, CA, 22 juin 1978
73. Rocks In My Bed
74. So Long
75. Howlin' Wind
76. Woman You Must Be Crazy
77. How Come My Dog Don't Bark
78. Long Way From Home
79. Somebody Loves Me
80. Love Is Like A Faucet


samedi 15 décembre 2018

LITTLE JOE BLUE/ Complete Early Recordings





LITTLE JOE BLUE/ Early Recordings

           
Little Joe Blue se détache du lot des très nombreux bluesmen qui ont imité B.B. King. Sans effort apparent, sans affectation, sans maniérismes, son admiration pour son idole est si grande et si ancienne qu'il réussit à être plus qu'un deuxième B.B. King, un premier Little Joe Blue. Par-dessus tout, il a constamment essayé de faire preuve d'originalité au sein de ces limites, ne reprenant que très peu le répertoire de son idole mais au contraire créant et composant des pièces aux textes rusés, ouvertement dirigés vers le public noir du Sud rural dont il provient.
            Il naît Joseph Valery Jr à Vicksburg, Mississippi, le 23 septembre 1934 d'une famille de métayers avec huit enfants. Il aurait été surnommé dès son enfance Little Joe Blue, en jouant de façon incessante sur un harmonica le célèbre et traditionnel Little boy blue. Mais d'autres sources plus fiables notent que c'est le producteur Fats Washington qui lui a donné son nom de scène en 1966. Quoi qu'il en soit, il travaille à Shreveport, est fasciné par les bluesmen qu'il voit dans les clubs de la ville, notamment bien sûr B.B. King en 1949. En 1951, il vit à Detroit, travaille dans l'industrie automobile et commence à chanter avec divers orchestres locaux. Mais en 1953, il s'engage dans l'armée, participe à la guerre de Corée. Après un divorce, il décide de s'installer à Reno (Nevada), y forme un orchestre et se fait une réputation locale. En 1961, il part tenter sa chance à Los Angeles.
            En 1963, Joe Valery enregistre son premier disque pour le minuscule label Nanc de Howard Ransom puis en 1964 la première version de son superbe Dirty work is going on produit par Maxwell Davis. Enfin en 1966, il réenregistre ce titre pour le label de Fats Washington Movin'. Le titre commence à faire du bruit en Californie et Chess le reprend et en fait un succès dans le Top 40 de R&B. Little Joe Blue signe alors pour Chess, grave un 45t à Chicago sous la houlette de Gene Barge. En 1968, il est à nouveau dans les studios californiens pour Fats Washington pour une magnifique séance (avec Lowell Fulson à la guitare) qui donne le subtil Standing on the threshold. Le disque est vendu à Stan Lewis qui, à Shreveport, dirige le label Jewel sur lequel Joe enregistrera dorénavant. Bien managé par Stan Lewis, Little Joe Blue obtient plusieurs succès dans le Sud. Southern country boy, dans lequel Joe revendique avec fierté ses racines paysannes et sudistes, deviendra même une pièce obligée du répertoire des bluesmen régionaux. Sous l'influence de Fulson, Little Joe Blue, qui n'avait jamais que gratté de la guitare, se décide à apprendre
sérieusement cet instrument et s'adresse au maestro Lafayette Thomas. Grâce à ce remarquable professeur, Little Joe Blue fait de rapides progrès. Il devient capable de belles phrases mélodiques dans la droite ligne du courant texano-californien. Il connaît encore quelques succès dans les années 70 et 80 (Give me an hour in the garden), demeure actif dans le "chitlin' circuit" et effectue plusieurs tournées en Europe où il séduit par son authenticité. Il enregistre aussi plusieurs fort bons albums pour Evejim ou Black & Blue.
            Malheureusement, le 22 avril 1990, Joe décède d'un cancer contre lequel il aura lutté avec un courage exemplaire.
            Si son oeuvre pour Jewel a été largement rééditée, ce n'est pas le cas de ses disques des années 1960 que nous avons donc regroupés ici à l'exception de son premier 45t pour Nanc totalement introuvable.
            Comme toujours si vous l'avez, une copie serait la bienvenue. Ainsi d'ailleurs que vos appréciations sur ce blog s'il vous intéresse.
                                                                       Gérard HERZHAFT

            Although he is usually classified as a B.B. King impersonator for whom he had a strong admiration, Little Joe Blue was very much his own man. He almost never took B.B.'s repertoire and he has composed a string of shrewd and moving blues, some of them being now "classics" of the genre.
            Born Joseph Valery Jr in Vicksburg, Ms. on September 23d, 1934, it has been written that he took his moniker of Little Joe Blue because he played constantly this tune on his harmonica when a child. But in fact it seems that it is the producer Fats Washington who gave Valery his nickname in 1966. Whatever, Joe worked in Shreveport, saw many bluesmen in the local clubs, particularly of course B.B. King in 1949, started to sing like his idol when moving to Detroit in 1951. Between 1953-56, Joe was drafted, battled in Korea, came back to Motor City just to divorce and then went to live in Reno (Nevada). There he formed a band that gained a local reputation. In 1961, Joe tried his luck in Los Angeles.
            This is there that in 1963 he recorded his first 45 for the tiny Nanc label owned by Howard Ransom. In 1964, he waxed the wonderful Dirty work is going on, produced by Maxwell Davis. And in 1966, he recorded again this blues for Fats Washington's Movin label. The 45 sold enough in California to draw the attention of Chess that reissued the title and put it in the National R&B Top 40. A short contract with Chess gave a good 45 recorded in Chicago and produced by Gene Barge that unfortunately went nowhere. In 1968, Joe was again with Fats Washington in the L.A.'s studios for a fine session with Lowell Fulson playing the guitar. The very subtle Standing on the threshold was sold to Stan Lewis, owner of several studios and labels in Shreveport who then took Little Joe Blue among his roster of bluesmen, ensuring him a steady contract with regular records well produced and well distributed in the Southern States where Joe enjoyed a strong following. Southern Country Boy, in which Joe claims his southern roots, even became some kind of a southern chitlin' circuit's anthem.
          
  Following Fulson's advice to play the guitar alongside his singing, Joe took lessons with the real maestro, Lafayette Thomas and quickly became a very good guitarist himself in the Texas-California style. After the Jewel contract ended, Joe still recorded some very good 45s and albums for Evejim or Black & Blue and toured Europe and Japan.
            Unfortunately, after a bold battle against this disease, he died of cancer on April, 22, 1990 in Los Angeles.
            If his Jewel tracks are easily available, this is not the case for his early works that we have gathered here minus the hard to find Nanc 45. If any of you had it, a copy would be very welcomed, as well - as usual - your appreciations.
                                                                     Gérard HERZHAFT








LITTLE JOE BLUE
Complete Early Recordings
Little Joe Blue, vcl; band. Los Angeles, Ca. 1963
Just love won't do
I've got my reasons
(This 45 from the Nanc label is unfindable. If anyone has it, a .mp3 copy would be much welcomed)
Little Joe Blue, vcl; Maxwell Davis, pno; Larry Green, g; saxes; Curtis Tillman, bs; Chuck Thomas, dms. Los Angeles, Ca. 1964
01. Dirty work is going on
02. Understanding
03. Jimmy's special
04. Can't have your cake and eat it
Little Joe Blue, vcl; band. Los Angeles, 22 mars 1966
05. Dirty work going on
06. Pretty woman
Little Joe Blue, vcl; Larry Green, g; Maxwell Davis, pno; saxes; Curtis Tillman, bs; Chuck Thomas, dms. Los Angeles, Ca. juin 1966
07. My tomorrow
08. Once a fool
09. Just look at your woman
10. Little baby
Little Joe Blue, vcl; Gene Barge, t-sax; horns; Bryce Robinson, g; Willie Dixon, bs; Maurice White, dms. Chicago, Ill. mars 1967
11. Me and my woman
12. My heart beats like a drum I & II
Little Joe Blue, vcl; Maxwell Davis, pno; Lowell Fulson, g; band. Los Angeles, Ca. décembre 1968
13. Standing on the threshold
14. Don't stop loving me
Little Joe Blue, vcl; band. Los Angeles, Ca. 1969
15. Loose me
16. A fool is what you wanted
17. Shakin' hands with the judge
18. If there's a better way
Little Joe Blue, vcl; band. Los Angeles, Ca. 1970
19. Don't tax me in
20. Lonely
Little Joe Blue, vcl/g; Little Mack Simmons, hca; band. Los Angeles, Ca. janvier 1971
21. We all have the blues I & II
Little Joe Blue, vcl/g; band. Los Angeles, Ca. 1971
22. Southern country boy



NEWPORT BLUES FESTIVAL 3 July 1960


NEWPORT BLUES FESTIVAL/ 3 July 1960


           
L'après midi du 3 juillet de l'édition 1960 du Newport Jazz Festival (organisée par George Wein) était entièrement consacrée au blues avec une programmation audacieuse pour l'époque: Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Rushing, Sam Price Trio avec Lafayette Thomas et la chanteuse Bettye Jeanette, les louisianais Butch Cage et Willie Thomas, les seuls - amenés par Harry Oster qui venait de les découvrir - à représenter ce jour-là le blues acoustique plus une démonstration de tap dancing par Al Mimms ainsi que des poèmes et des textes lus par l'écrivain Afro-Américain Langston Hughes.
            Muddy Waters qui ouvre le concert par un superbe Catfish blues, accompagné de son orchestre de l'époque (James Cotton, Pat Harris, Otis Spann, Andrew Stephenson et Francis Clay) continue par un programme qui a été publié en LP et CD (Muddy Waters at Newport) et que nous n'avons donc pas inclus ici. Puis laisse la place à Otis Spann qui démontre l'étendue de ses talents de pianiste sur quatre pièces instrumentales. C'est l'orchestre de Muddy qui accompagne aussi John Lee Hooker - qui avait joué peu de temps auparavant en acoustique au Festival Folk de Newport - sur cinq morceaux très représentatifs de ce qu'il enregistrait à l'époque.
           
Le pianiste Sam Price prend ensuite place sur scène accompagné du guitariste Lafayette Thomas, alors Newyorkais (qui chante un rare Things I used to do) et du batteur Panama Francis ainsi que de la chanteuse Betty Harris (ici sous le nom de Bettye Jeanette), qui interprète ici avec conviction trois classiques du premier blues. Le trio accompagne aussi le Blues Shouter (de l'orchestre de Count Basie) Jimmy Rushing. Butch Cage et Willie Thomas donnent ensuite la touche la plus rurale de ce programme avec plusieurs duos fiddle/guitare avant que presque tous les artistes viennent terminer le show par un Mean mistreater accompagné par le Muddy Waters Blues Band. Mais suite à de sérieuses rixes en marge du festival qui avaient eu lieu la veille, la petite ville de Newport fait annoncer par le présentateur Willie Connover qu'elle annule le Festival à l'instant même, le concert de jazz du soir étant même supprimé. C'est donc par un beau blues triste et prenant improvisé sur le moment que Otis Spann termine la journée. Goodbye Newport blues.
           
Un grand merci à Steve K. et Jeanie H. pour avoir fourni ces enregistrements rares qui donnent une idée plus complète de ce concert historique.
                                                                       Gérard Herzhaft

            The 3d of July's afternoon concert of the 1960 Edition of the annual Newport Jazz Festival was boldly entirely devoted to a blues programme assembled by George Wein who had gathered for the occasion Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Rushing, The Sam Price Trio featuring ace guitarist Lafayette Thomas (then a New Yorker), drummer Panama Francis and young blues singer Betty Harris (here under the name of Bettye Jeanette), the fiddle/guitar duo of Louisianans Butch Cage and Willie Thomas (just discovered by Harry Oster) who was the only acoustic act of the day and also Blues Shouter from the count Basie band, Jimmy Rushing. Plus some tap dancing by Al Mims as well as poems and texts read by the famous African-American author Langston Hughes.
            Muddy and his band (James Cotton, Pat Harris, Otis Spann, Andrew Stephenson et Francis Clay) open the show with a striking version of Catfish blues, followed by a programme that has been issued several times on LP and CD (Muddy Waters at Newport), so not included here.
            Pianist Otis Spann follows, demonstrating his powerful talents on four instrumentals backed by the band. The complete Muddy's band backs also John Lee Hooker on five electric numbers (he had shortly previously been featured on the Folk version of the Newport Festival as a solo acoustic bluesman) well in the mould of what he was recording at the time.
            Pianist Sam Price and his Trio deliver a frantic shuffle with a brilliant Lafayette Thomas and Betty Harris (here under the name of Bettye Jeanette) sings with authority three blues from the 1920's. After Jimmy Rushing, and the duo Cage and Thomas, almost all the artists accompanied by the Muddy band sing a long version of Mean mistreater which was supposed to end the show.
            But Willie Connover, Newport Jazz Festival emcee had suddenly to announce the decision of the city council of Newport to suspend activities of the Newport Jazz Festival, beginning with the evening concert on July 3. This decision was made following a clash with students and police the preceding night that escalated into a full-scale riot. Upset, Otis Spann then decided to close the Festival with an improvised brooding blues. Goodbye Newport blues.
            A lot of thanks to Steve K. and Jeanie H. who sent me those very rare tapes which give a better and more complete idea of what happened this 3d July of 1960 at the historic Newport Jazz Festival.
                                                                       Gérard Herzhaft

NEWPORT BLUES FESTIVAL
3 July 1960
MUDDY WATERS, vcl/g; James Cotton, hca; Otis Spann, pno; Pat Hare, g; Andrew Stephenson, bs; Francis Clay, dms. Newport, RI. 3 July 1960
01. Catfish blues
OTIS SPANN, vcl/pno; James Cotton, hca; Otis Spann, pno; Pat Hare, g; Andrew Stephenson, bs; Francis Clay, dms. Newport, RI. 3 July 1960
02. Chicago blues
03. Newport blues
04. Otis blues
05. Saint Louis blues
JOHN LEE HOOKER, vcl/g; James Cotton, hca; Otis Spann, pno; Pat Hare, g; Andrew Stephenson, bs; Francis Clay, dms. Newport, RI. 3 July 1960
06. My own fault
07. Maudie
08. Tupelo
09. I wanna walk
10. I wish you were here
SAM PRICE, pno; Lafayette Thomas, g; Panama Francis, dms. Newport, RI 3 July 1960
11. The price is right
LAFAYETTE THOMAS, vcl/g; Sam Price, pno; Panama Francis, dms. Newport, RI. 3 July 1960
12. The things I used to do
BETTY Harris, vcl; Sammy Price, pno; Lafayette Thomas, g; Panama Francis, dms. Newport, RI 3 July 1960
13. Ain't nobody's business
14. The birth of the blues
15. Backwater blues
JIMMY RUSHING, vcl; Sam Price, pno; Lafayette Thomas, g; Panama Francis, dms. Newport RI. 3 July 1960
16. Bye bye baby
BUTCH CAGE, vcl/fdl; WILLIE THOMAS, vcl/g. Newport, RI. 3 July 1960
17. Hen cackle
18. Hard achin' blues
FINALE: Muddy Waters, vcl; Bettye Jeanette, vcl; Butch Cage, vcl; Willie Thomas, vcl; Jimmy Rushing, vcl; James Cotton, hca; Otis Spann, pno; Pat Hare, g; Andrew Stephenson, bs; Francis Clay, dms. Newport, RI. 3 July 1960
19. Mean mistreater
OTIS SPANN, vcl/pno; Muddy Waters, g; James Cotton, hca; Otis Spann, pno; Pat Hare, g; Andrew Stephens, bs; Francis Clay, dms. Newport, RI. 3 July 1960
20. Goodbye Newport blues



samedi 8 décembre 2018

LEROY WASHINGTON/ Louisiana Swamp blues



LEROY WASHINGTON/ Louisiana Swamp blues


              

LEROY WASHINGTON/ Louisiana Swamp blues

               The previously "mysterious" top notch guitarist Leroy Washington is now much better known thanks to blues researcher Gene Tomko who published the results of his sleuth work in Living Blues n°222.
            Leroy Washington was born 1st March 1932 at Palmetto, La. Being raised by his lone mother, the young boy had to work on the railroads to help his Ma makes ends meet. He also fooled around with a guitar at an early age listening blues and Cajun records from the local radio stations. Very skilled, he became an accomplished guitarist during the early 50's. Enough to form a duo with his neighbour Chuck Martin (who will become a well known Zydeco artist later on) and play in local juke joints and venues. Soon after, Leroy was the guitarist and sometimes bass player of the Guidry Brothers Band (then called the Honeydrippers) from Church Point.
            Quickly, Leroy's guitar ability was famous enough to earn him the nickname of "The Guitar Wizard" and he embarked himself on a full time career as a musician, playing every night in the various clubs of Opelousas and Lake Charles. The influential Lake Charles'DJ Isaac Lutcher took him on his regular radio programme as well as a hired guitarist for all blues stars he brought to town like Roy Brown, Jimmy Reed, Clarence Garlow... Leroy befriended also with Guitar Gable who brought him to Crowley's producer J.D. Miller. Miller recorded Washington between 1957 to 1960 but despite a good local Hit with Wild Cherry, J.D. issued only three Leroy's 45s on Excello, Rocko and Zynn labels, the remainder of the sessions staying in the vaults for decades.
               During those years, Leroy was extremely busy, playing everywhere with 
several bands, namely
Good Rockin' Bob's (Ed Thomas) Orchestra. On 30th June 1962, this group was 
playing at the Big Casino, a joint of Leesville, La. that had a strong amount
of patrons coming from the near military base of Fort Polk. At the end of the
show, while singing, Leroy fell down on stage, victim of an aneurysm. He would 
die a few hours later at the very early age of 30, leaving us anyway a strong musical 
heritage that we have tried to gather for the first time here. One track is still
missing and any help would be greatly appreciated.
 Gérard HERZHAFT

Thanks to Marc Claes, Living Blues and Gene Tomko
            

Leroy Washington, vcl/g; Tal Miller, pno; Guitar Gable, g; Fats Perrodin, bs; Clarence Etienne, dms. Crowley, La. 1957
01. I've been in this prison
02. Sally Lou
Leroy Washington, vcl/g; Tal Miller, pno; Guitar Gable, g; Fats Perrodin, bs; Clarence Etienne, dms; Lazy Lester, wbd/perc/hca. Crowley, La. 1958
03. Sittin' here cryin'
04. Wild Cherry n°1
05. Wild Cherry n°2
06. Be kind
Leroy Washington, vcl/g; band. Crowley, La. 6 mai 1959
Gimme my rights (thanks to Jeff Harris and Tom Thumb)
07. My Chinatown girl
Leroy Washington, vcl/g; Guitar Gable, g; Fats Perrodin, bs; Clarence Etienne, dms. Crowley, La. juin 1959
08. Don't blame it on me mama
09. Women are trouble
Leroy Washington, vcl/g; John Johnson, pno; Lonesome Sundown, g; Lionel Torrence, t-sax; Fats Perrodin, bs; Clarence Etienne, dms. Crowley, La. août 1959
10. Why should I cry?
11. My true life
12. Hello stranger n°1
13. Hello stranger n°2
14. Hello baby what you know
15. Love me baby
16. Hey baby
Darling it takes you
Leroy Washington, vcl/g; Lionel Torrence, t-sax; Katie Webster, pno; Al Foreman, g; Bobby Mc Bride, bs; Warren Storm, dms. Crowley, La. décembre 1959
17. I don't want your money
18. Hello Operator
19. Baby please come home
20. Long hair knock knees & bow legs
21. Prison blues
Leroy Washington, vcl/g; Lionel Torrence, t-sax; band. Crowley, La. 1960
22. Everyday
23. Leave me now or never
24. This little girl of mine