Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

Piano Blues, the essential DOUBLE CD

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FEATURED ARTIST / S
Turner Parrish
Leroy Carr
Walter Roland
Roosevelt Sykes
Black Ivory King
Cripple Clarence Lofton
Bumble Bee Slim (Amos Easton)
Oliver Brown
Jim Clarke
Will Ezell
Jesse James
Rudy Foster
Louise Johnson
Eddie Miller
Pine Top Smith
Skip James
Speckled Red
Joe Dean
Meade 'Lux' Lewis
Walter Davis
Cow Cow (Charles) Davenport
James 'Boodle It' Wiggins
Wesley Wallace
Bob Call
Little Brother Montgomery
Joe Pullum
Memphis Minnie
Charles Avery
Sylvester Palmer
Sparks Brothers
'Jabo' Williams
Peetie Wheatstraw
Charlie Spand
Jimmy Yancey
Montana Taylor
Romeo Nelson

    TRACK LIST

Romeo Nelson
00 - Head Rag Hop

Turner Parrish
01 - Trenches

Leroy Carr
02 - Ain't It A Shame

Walter Roland
03 - Big Mama

Roosevelt Sykes
04 - 44 Blues

Black Ivory King
05 - Flying Crow Blues

Cripple Clarence Lofton
06 - I Don't Know

Bumble Bee Slim (Amos Easton)
07 - Rocks In My Pillow

Oliver Brown
08 - Oh You Devil You

Jim Clarke
09 - Fat Fanny Stomp

Will Ezell
10 - Playing The Dozen

Jesse James
11 - Lonesome Day Blues

Rudy Foster
12 - Black Gal Makes Thunder

Louise Johnson
13 - All Night Long

Eddie Miller
14 - Whoopie

Pine Top Smith
15 - Pine Tops Boogie

Skip James
16 - If You Haven't Any Hay Get On Down The Road

Speckled Red
17 - The Dirty Dozen

Joe Dean
18 - I'm So Glad I'm 21 Years Old Today

Meade 'Lux' Lewis
19 - Honky Tonk Train Blues

Walter Davis
20 - Think You Need A Shot

Cow Cow (Charles) Davenport
21 - Cow Cow Blues

James 'Boodle It' Wiggins
22 - Keep A-knocking An You Can't Get In

Wesley Wallace
23 - No.29

Bob Call
24 - 31 Blues

Little Brother Montgomery
25 - Vicksburg Blues

Joe Pullum
26 - Black Gal What Makes Your Head So Hard

Memphis Minnie
27 - Joe Louis Strut

Charles Avery
28 - Dearborn Street Breakdown

Sylvester Palmer
29 - Lonesome Man Blues

Sparks Brothers
30 - East Chicago Blues

'Jabo' Williams
31 - Pratt City Blues

'Jabo' Williams
32 - Shack Bully Stomp

Charlie Spand
33 - Soon This Morning

Jimmy Yancey
34 - 5 O'Clock Blues

Montana Taylor
35 - Detroit Rocks

This double CD is compiled of some of the most influential Piano blues artists of the pre-war era including Turner Parish, Pinetop Smith, Roosevelt Sykes, Little Brother Montgomery and many more. The piano has never occupied as prominent a place as the guitar in American blues. Its particular rhythmic and melodic qualities, however, will always guarantee it a place within the Blues combo. Many blues singers and songwriters were piano players by trade and the Blues piano has had an unmistakable influence of Jazz, Rock and Roll, and Gospel music. The early Barrelhouse Blues Piano originated in the lumber and railroad camps of the late 1800s and early 1900s. The raucous atmosphere of the barrelhouse (work camp bars) forced pianists to create a rhythmic, aggressive sound to be hard and followed above the din. The ever-shifting nature of the work camps lent itself naturally to the itinerant Blues banjo and harmonica players that followed them. The Blues pianists, however, found themselves at a significant disadvantage, lacking the portability of their fellow musicians. Churches, on the other hand, stayed in a fixed location and most had pianos. So, Gospel music made a huge influence on the development of Blues piano. When black labourers started migrating to the industrial cities of the north and Midwest, they took their music with them. The blues piano subsequently infiltrated the night clubs and speakeasies, making the piano a permanent fixture on the Blues scene. Includes informative booklet notes by Gary Atkinson.
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