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|Clarence "Cripple" Lofton|
Cripple Clarence Lofton Volume 2 - Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order 1939-1943
Genres: Blues, Pop
Fine Boogie Woogie
B. D. Tutt | London, UK. | 03/31/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Cripple Clarence Lofton was a driving if idiosyncratic blues and boogie pianist who made a handful of recordings but developed a reputation amongst jazz fans as being a "purer" boogie woogie pianist than the more commercially successful Ammons, Lewis and Johnson.This CD is made up entirely of recordings from two sessions for small independent labels, for Solo Art in 1939 and for Session in 1943, some not released at the time. "Pine Top's Boogie Woogie" is a typical Lofton performance - energetic, powerful and eccentric, with a firm and full left hand style. The remainder of the pieces show both his strengths and his weaknesses - the limited range of pieces he played, frequently recycled under different titles. His two great showpieces - "Steamline Train" and "I Don't Know" both appear twice, although his best performance of the "I Don't Know" theme is in Vol One as "Strut That Thing".Lofton is a highly entertaining player, although like most boogie pianists, he is best consumed in small doses. Recommended."