Paramount Piano Blues, Vol. 3

Paramount Piano Blues, Vol. 3


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Of the Black Swan Record Company's three volumes devoted to piano recordings which were originally released on the old Paramount label, Paramount Piano Blues, Vol. 3 combines the work of several blues artists and one archetypal jazzman. Jelly Roll Morton gets the lion's share, amassing no less than eight out of twenty titles, including "Mr. Jelly Lord" which is played by Morton's Steamboat Four. Georgia Tom Dorsey is heard cutting up heaps of hokum with Tampa Red and the now all-but-forgotten Madlyn Davis. While William Ezell was capable of some fancy tickling as evidenced by his upbeat "West Coast Rag," his "Barrelhouse Woman" and "Barrelhouse Man" are closer to the low-down, slow drag-style of piano that wasn't never in a hurry and never will be. Bluesiest of all is Mississippian Skip James; his "How Long Blues" and "Little Cow and Calf Is Gonna Die Blues" are sobering examples of how these kinds of recordings transcend mere entertainment to feel more like very personal, private rituals. Altogether, this is one of the better volumes in the Black Swan Paramount Piano Blues series, especially given the bracing combination of Jelly Roll Morton and a small circle of similarly intense characters.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/12/1994
Label: Black Swan
UPC: 0762247301325
catalogNumber: 13
Rank: 88346

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Performance Credits

Georgia Tom   Piano,Vocals
Skip James   Piano,Vocals
Jelly Roll Morton   Piano
Tampa Red   Guitar,Vocals
Tommy Ladnier   Clarinet
Madlyn Davis   Vocals
William Ezell   Piano
Charles Harris   Alto Saxophone
Jasper Taylor   Wood Block
Boyd Senter   Banjo,Clarinet,Kazoo

Technical Credits

Leroy Carr   Composer
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
Hokum Boys   Composer
William Ezell   Composer
J. Mayo Williams   Composer
Wendell Echols   Programming
Benjamin Franklin Spikes   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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