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Blues Ballads & Jumpin J
Lonnie Johnson
Blues Ballads & Jumpin J
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop
 
  •  Track Listings (10) - Disc #1

This informal, relaxed collection of 1960 duets features Snowden's surprisingly impressive acoustic work as prominently as Johnson's rich vocals and smooth electric guitar. Both of these veterans had successful association...  more »

      
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All Artists: Lonnie Johnson
Title: Blues Ballads & Jumpin J
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Obc
Release Date: 5/30/1994
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop
Styles: Traditional Blues, Traditional Jazz & Ragtime
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 025218057028, 0090204111077

Synopsis

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This informal, relaxed collection of 1960 duets features Snowden's surprisingly impressive acoustic work as prominently as Johnson's rich vocals and smooth electric guitar. Both of these veterans had successful associations with jazz legends during the early parts of their careers--Johnson with Ellington and Armstrong; Snowden with Eubie Blake and Count Basie among others--and the repertoire leans heavily on jazz standards. On five of six instrumentals, including "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "Lester Leaps In," and "C Jam Blues," Snowden's fleet acoustic guitar jumps to the fore, while Johnson takes lead on four vocal performances, including two superb takes of "Stormy Weather." Only on "Careless Love" does a guitar battle materialize. Still, the unique material, sparkling performances, and the light-hearted approach make for highly enjoyable listening. --Marc Greilsamer
 

CD Reviews

Beautiful Music
political idiot | california | 10/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Two long time friends together, reminiscing and playing absolutely beautiful blues and ballads. If "New Orleans Blues" or "Stormy Weather" don't bring a tear to your eye, then you need to check with a doctor to see if you are still alive. Why the Amazon sales rank on this CD is so low is beyond my comprehension. Wonderful recording quality. These recordings along with the other in this series are among Lonnie Johnson and Elmer Snowden's finest --amazing since both are considered to have peaked performance wise in the late 20s/early 30s."
New Orleans Blues
Bruno A. N. Pietoso | London, UK | 06/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Well, I'm afraid that I might get a little redundant describing this album, since Blues And Ballads and this Vol.2 is just as good and as surprising as Vol.1.
All I can say about this album is, one more precious gem by this great bluesman that is Lonnie Johnson and his companion Elmer Snowden and bass player Wendell Marshall.
On this one, pay close attention to Lester Leaps in, On the sunny side of the street, C-Jam Blues... hmm thinking about it now, pay close attention to the entire album, it's wonderful.
It shows great improvisation by all musicians, but also a great sense of melody and harmony that even today is rare to find in some blues musicians and jazz musicians.
And to think that these two albums were recorded all at once at the same day , April 5 1960. Today, some musicians take 5 years to record a piece of garbage and these guys managed to record a wonderful record in one day. Who's got it, got it.
Thumbs up to this one."
Best Blues Guitar disk I have
B. Gidron | Israel | 12/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a real gem! two unbelievable blues guitar players (one also sings) who brought tears to my eyes. They are creative and soulful both in the slow and the fast tracks."