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Charley Jordan Vol 2 1931 - 1934
Charley Jordan, vocal, guitar.
With contributions by Peetie Wheatstraw, piano.
Genres: St Louis Blues, Country Blues, Country Blues Guitar.
Informative booklet notes by Chris Smith.
Between June 1930 and March 1931, Charley Jordan had recorded for Vocalion, but in September 1931 he cut four titles for Victor, accompanied, as had become the norm, by his friend Peetie Wheatstraw on piano. These were fine performances, but the Depression was biting hard; sometime in 1933, probably around March, Victor noted the sales figures for their 23000 series releases. Jordan was in exceptional form on guitar, as may be heard on all his titles at this two day session, but particularly perhaps on Honey Sucker Blues and Hell Bound Boy Blues, which also features one of Peetie Wheatstraw's finest accompaniments. If he was outstanding accompanying himself, however, Jordan was truly sensational in guitar duet with "Hi" Henry Brown, whose nickname was presumably adopted to distinguish him from the celebrated St. Louis piano player whose name he shared. Jordan is particularly inspired on Titanic Blues; to his usual rhythmic freedom, even more remarkable than when he was accompanying himself, he adds a near three octave playing range, and extremely forceful picking. Continued...
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