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Big Joe Turner - The Boss Of The Blues

(180g Import Vinyl LP)

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Big Joe Turner The Boss Of The Blues on 180g Import LP from Pure Pleasure

Besides helping to invent rock 'n roll with his hit "Shake, Rattle and Roll," Big Joe Turner was one of the most soulful blues shouters of all time. His best albums married the boogie-woogie piano stylings of the great Pete Johnson with a jazzy jumpin' horn section. The Boss Of The Blues is arguably Joe's best recording, in part because he sang with particular gusto during these 1956 sessions. 

At the time, The Boss Of The Blues marked a nostalgic return to the jump-blues style that Turner helped pioneer in the '40s. Besides Johnson, Boss featured some of Kansas City's finest ever jazzmen and various members of Count Basie's band, including Joe Newman (trumpet), Pete Brown (alto saxophone), Lawrence Brown (trombone), Frank Wess (tenor saxophone) and Freddie Green (guitar). 

The bawdy "Cherry Red" and the rollicking "Roll 'Em Pete" are my favorite Turner-Johnson collaborations. Both feature some incredible playing by the piano master. Turner's versions of "I Want A Little Girl," "Low Down Dog," "You're Driving Me Crazy" and "Morning Glories" are definitive. 

Big Joe Turner (vocals)
Freddie Green (guitar)
Pete Johnson (piano)
Jimmy Nottingham / Joe Newman (trumpet)
Lawrence Brown (trombone)
Pete Brown (alto saxophone)
Frank Wess / Seldon Powell  (tenor saxophone)
Walter Page (bass)
Cliff Leeman (drums)

Big Joe Turner The Boss Of The Blues Track Listing:

1.  Cherry Red
2.  Roll Em Pete
3.  I Want A Little Girl
4.  Low Down Dog
5.  Wee Baby Blues
6.  Youre Driving Me Crazy
7.  How Long Blues
8.  Morning Glories
9.  St Louis Blues
10. Piney Brown Blues

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