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Salute to Sunnyland Slim
Barrelhouse Chuck
Salute to Sunnyland Slim
Genres: Blues, Pop
 
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Nominally a tribute to the late, great Mississippi barroom piano player, this is actually a keyboard-powered homage to the spirit of Chicago blues. Chuck--a Florida transplant to the Windy City--ably covers tunes by Little...  more »

      
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All Artists: Barrelhouse Chuck
Title: Salute to Sunnyland Slim
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Loon
Original Release Date: 2/23/1999
Release Date: 2/23/1999
Genres: Blues, Pop
Styles: Chicago Blues, Piano Blues
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 751483003520

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Nominally a tribute to the late, great Mississippi barroom piano player, this is actually a keyboard-powered homage to the spirit of Chicago blues. Chuck--a Florida transplant to the Windy City--ably covers tunes by Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Memphis Slim, Hound Dog Taylor, and others. The strength of this album lies in Chuck's true-blues arrangements, full of rich harp, simple but crackling guitar lines, and, of course, his own deft piano. Chuck may not be as inventive an interpreter as, say, Dave Maxwell, but his two-fisted rolls and fleet melodies cut right to the music's core. As they should. He apprenticed himself not only to Slim but to Little Brother Montgomery, Jimmy Walker, Detroit Junior--really anyone whose style he could soak up. The results of Chuck's studies compensate for his vocal deficiencies, conjuring up visions of smoky nights in after-hours clubs. And there's a bonus: former Muddy Waters Band drummers Willie Smith, S.P. Leary, and Sam Lay all lend their sticks to various performances, as does Muddy's bass man Calvin "Fuzz" Jones. --Ted Drozdowski
 

CD Reviews

The Real Thing!
04/18/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Barrelhouse Chuck learned from the best of the old time players. If you want to hear what the blues is supposed to sound like, then get the CD. If you get a chance to see Barrelhouse Chuck, take it, you won't be disappointed."