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Friday, July 27, 2018

If you listen to one thing today . . . . . . . . . 

Thanks to my early teenage fascination with Dr John and thus the maestro Professor Longhair and then Tuts Washington and Archibald hisself, my interest in Nawleans piano players is extensive and it concludes the semi-legendary Mr James Booker of whom the doctor said:

“the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced,”

once again the wondrous Aquarium Drunkard turns up trumps today so check this out you won't be disappointed!

 . . . . . . . . then listen to this

Can't wait to get a copy of this and hope it comes out in the UK as soon as in the USofA!?

Vinyl Me Please

'Tico Tico' is a standard instrumental classic like few other. A Brazilian choro song it has been covered by many and varied artists over the years but it dates from 1917. Most popular in the forties when people like The Andrews Sisters covered it . [Fess did like an Andrews Sisters song which is where he got 'Rum N Coca Cola' from] Professor Longhair could do almost schmaltzy melodies and rumba style major chord tunes like 'Crawfish Fiesta' and 'Rum & Coca Cola' but 'Tico Tico' here by Booker is a sheer delight too IMHO. Such melodies could be corny but in their hands they aren't. The melody is one it seems like you have always heard before [and probably have!) but in Booker's hands it is peerless. The delicacy of the runs and trills are just plain spellbindingly beautiful.

check out the full article here at Aquarium Drunkard

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