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Boss of the Blues
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B
This 1956 Atlantic release features Big Joe Turner covering some of his early songs, including "Cherry Red" and "Wee Baby Blues." On this album, he's backed by Joe Newman on trumpet, Lawrence Brown on trombone, Pete Brown... more »
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This 1956 Atlantic release features Big Joe Turner covering some of his early songs, including "Cherry Red" and "Wee Baby Blues." On this album, he's backed by Joe Newman on trumpet, Lawrence Brown on trombone, Pete Brown on alto sax, Frank Wess on tenor sax, Pete Johnson on piano, Freddie Greene on guitar, Walter Page on bass and Cliff Leeman on drums.
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The real "Boss" of the blues!!!! Great Kansas City sounds !!
JEAN-MARIE JUIF | BESANCON France | 09/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Here is the real Kansas City stuff.The great Big Joe Turner (not to be confused with the great Harlem stride pianist Joe Turner),born in Kansas City in 1911,swings high here.The band is a real all stars one,with some Basie-ites like Joe Newman,trumpet,Frank Wess,tenor sax,Walter Page,bass and Freddie Green,guitar,a great member of Duke Ellington's band,Lawrence BRown on trombone,plus Pete Brown on alto sax,Cliff Leeman on drums and... Pete Johnson himself on piano.
The result is a great swing session,with one of the greatest blues shouters on the front line.And even if the immense Jimmy Rushing will always be my man (listen to his incredible Columbia albums,"Little Jimmy Rushing and the big brass","the jazz odissey of James Rushing Esq","Cat meet chick" and "sings the Smith girls"),Big Joe is the other great KC voice;maybe his voice doesn't have that smoky flavor Jimmy had,and maybe he isn't so much at ease on jazz tunes that Mr Five by Five (Rushing's nickname referring to his impressive stoutness),but KC's jumping blues are his thing,and he is in this music like a fish in the sea.The masterful support of Page and Greene make the rhythm section swing like mad (like in the good old times of the Count Basie band),and the drive of Pete Johnson's piano (which can sometimes be as down to earth as Montana Taylor's) brings the band back to the essence of Kansas City swing.Big Joe was starting a new career at the time this recording was made (1956),a new career that will be going on for thirty years.
As essential as his fourties sides (the 1940 duets with Willie "the Lion" Smith,the magnificent 1941 "nobody in mind" with Sammy Price or the 1944 "little bittie gal's blues" with Pete Johnson,his associate since the early thirties,as necessary as his 1971 "Texas style" album,with a great Milt Buckner on piano and the imperial Jo Jones,the greatest master of drums,this record is a great moment of music you've to treasure."
Leland C. Sheppard | Placerville, CA USA | 02/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As I write this review, I am listening to the LP (that's right - a phonograph record) with the same cover as this CD has. I bought this LP at the US Army Post Exchange in Germany in 1959. If you like Blues at all, you should enjoy this CD. I just ordered the CD to make sure I will be able to continue listening to this great music."
Kansas City through Fifties eyes
M. Sansoni | Australia | 04/03/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Joe Turner's magnificent voice stars in this session, with some fine backing from his Thirties partner Pete Johnson and other great musicians, including some of the young stars of the mid-fifties. Perhaps the arrangements are a little restrictive but Joe Turner was at his peak and the horn players deliver distinctive solos. I particularly like Jimmy Nottingham's trumpet introduction to I Want a Little Girl and Pete Brown's rolling piano introduction to Cherry Red, that's real mood music!"