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Document Records
Roosevelt Sykes Vol 8 1945 - 1947

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Roosevelt Sykes

01 - I wonder Listen
02 - Tender hearted woman Listen
03 - This tavern boogie Listen
04 - Don`t push me around Listen
05 - Little Sam Listen
06 - Anytime is the right time Listen
07 - The Honeydripper Listen
08 - Date bait Listen
09 - High price blues Listen
10 - Peeping Tom Listen
11 - That`s my gal Listen
12 - Tonight Listen
13 - Living in a different world Listen
14 - Sunny road Listen
15 - Her little machine Listen
16 - Flames of jive Listen
17 - Sneakin` and dodgin` Listen
18 - Bop de bip Listen
19 - Bobby sox blues Listen
20 - Kilroy`s in town Listen
21 - Bvd blues Listen
22 - I`m her honeydripper Listen
23 - Mama, mama Listen
24 - Walkin` and drinkin` Listen

Volume eight in the complete recordings of Roosevelt Sykes as reissued by Document covers his Victor/Bluebird output from 1945 through October 1947. During this portion of his lengthy career, Sykes brought in some of Chicago's toughest sessionmen, including a brace of horn players who fortified the texture of his act and summoned a jazz element that blended well with his steadily ripening approach to blues and boogie-woogie. Sykes' saxophonists on this collection have been identified as J.T. Brown, Bill Casimir, Calmes Julian, Oett "Sax" Mallard, Martin Rough, and Leon Washington. He also used trumpeters Lucius Henderson and Johnny Morton, as well as a clarinetist by the name of Johnny Walker, and quite an assortment of guitarists, bassists, and drummers. Sykes, who made his first recordings in 1929 and continued to perform until shortly before his death in 1983, was most often heard as soloist or leader of small rhythm combos. That makes his bristly post-war sessions all the more intriguing, as wind instruments add extra layers to his already substantial weave of visceral vocals and double-fisted piano. – arwulf arwulf.

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