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Little Brother Montgomery 1930 - 1936

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Little Brother Montgomery


Little Brother Montgomery
01 - No special rider blues Listen
02 - Vicksburg blues Listen
03 - Louisiana blues (take a) Listen
04 - Frisco hi-ball blues Listen
05 - The woman I love blues Listen
06 - Pleading blues Listen
07 - Vicksburg blues no. 2 Listen
08 - Mama you don`t mean me no good Listen
09 - Misled blues Listen
10 - The first time I met you Listen
11 - A. & V. railroad blues Listen
12 - Tantalizing blues Listen
13 - Vicksburg blues - part 3 Listen
14 - Louisiana blues - part 2 Listen
15 - Santa Fe blues Listen
16 - Something keeps a-worryin` me Listen
17 - Out west blues Listen
18 - Leaving town blues Listen
19 - West Texas blues Listen
20 - Never go wrong blues Listen
21 - Sorrowful blues Listen
22 - Mistreatin` woman blues Listen
23 - Chinese man blues Listen
24 - Farish Street jive Listen
25 - Crescent city blues Listen
26 - Shreveport farewell Listen

“Little Brother” Montgomery, vocal, piano.

With contributions by: Walter Vincson, guitar; and others…

Genres: Country blues, blues piano, Louisiana blues.

Informative booklet note by Karl Gert zur Heide.
Detailed discography.

"Little Brother" — quite a name for a giant. He happened to be around much longer than expected (Eddie Boyd: "He always had a rendez-vous with death."), and some of his later recordings seem superfluous. Yet, most of the notes he pressed were to the point.

No more excuses for a man who was probably the greatest all-round piano player of his time in the Deep South. His unsurpassed mastery is documented by the mammoth Oct. 1936 session, when he cut 23 sides on one day — all his 17 solo recordings are assembled here while the five accompaniments are to be found on Document BDCD-6034. Brother was not a one-strain player like most of the blues specialists. The magnificent Crescent City Blues is a case in point, with its ragtime-like structure. He learned it from one Lumis (or Loomis) Gibson, a pianist about whom nothing else seems to be known. His masterpiece, however, was Vicksburg Blues, his version of the wide-spread theme commonly known as "the 44s".

Little Brother Montgomery's musical experience between the two World Wars spans an amazing scope of regions, milieus and thus styles, and much of this is reflected in this grand collection of vocal and piano blues.

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