Fine Texas Blues
B. D. Tutt | London, UK. | 04/01/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Joe Pullum was a falsetto voiced blues singer from Houston Texas who recorded extensively in 1934 - 1936, and is best remembered for his major hit, the blues standard "Black Gal".This CD, the first of two volumes of his complete recordings, features Pullum with two excellent Texas pianists of the Santa Fe school, Rob Cooper and Andy Boy. Rob Cooper had a two fisted technique in part influenced by the Harlem stride pianists, while Andy Boy (from Galveston) was a more inventive accompanist. Both pianists draw on such classic Santa Fe pieces as the Ma Grinder in their accompaniments.Pullum's vocal style could be a little cloying, but it is compensated for by the effectiveness of his accompanists. Lovers of Texas piano in particular should get this disc."