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A Portrait of Champion Jack Dupree

  • 1. Freedom
    2. Skit Skat
    3. Dupree Special
    4. School Days
    5. Hometown New Orleans
    6. Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee
    7. They Gave Me Away
    8. Calcutta Blues
    9. No Future
    10. When I'm Drinkin'
    11. Give Me Flowers While I'm Livin'
    12. Blind Man
    13. You Can Make It, You Can Make It
    14. Forever and Ever
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 611586

  • Credits
    EngineerDavid Farrell; Jay Gallagher; Bob Kempf

    Personnel: Champion Jack Dupree (vocals, piano); Walter Payton, Jr. (acoustic guitar, acoustic bass); Wayne Bennett, Kenn Lending (guitar); John Mooney (slide guitar); Earl Turbinton, Jr. (alto saxophone); "Sax Gordon" Beadle (tenor & baritone saxophones); Tino Barker, "Cookie" Cook, Fred Kemp, Alvin "Red" Tyler (tenor saxophone); Teddy Riley (trumpet); Stanley Stephens, Kerry Brown (drums); Bo Dollis (tambourine); "Lil Crip" Adams (cowbell).
    Producer: Ron Levy.
    Compilation producer: Marian Leighton Levy.
    Recorded at Ultrasonic Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana. Includes liner notes by Marian Leighton Levy.
    Digitally remastered by Laurie B. Flannery (Northeastern Digital Recording, Southborough, Massachusetts).
    Personnel: Champion Jack Dupree (vocals, piano); Kenn Lending, Wayne Bennett (guitar); Walter Payton, Jr. (acoustic guitar); John Mooney (slide guitar); Earl Turbinton (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Sax Gordon (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Fred Kemp, Tino Barker, Cookie Cooke, Alvin "Red" Tyler (tenor saxophone); Teddy Riley (trumpet); Walter Payton (acoustic bass); Stanley Stephens, Kerry Brown (drums); Lil Crip Adams (cowbells); Theodore "Bo" Dollis (tambourine).
    Audio Mixer: Steve Rosenthal.
    Liner Note Author: Marian Leighton Levy.
    Recording information: Ultrasonic Studios, New Orleans, LA.
    Photographer: Linda Vartoogian.
    A Portrait of Champion Jack Dupree is a compilation drawn from three albums Dupree recorded for Rounder Records near the end of his life, when he was in his late seventies and early eighties. The first of them, Back Home in New Orleans, was released in 1990, the year he turned 80, the last, One Last Time, came out in 1993, the year after his death. Even at his advanced age, Dupree remained a formidable barrelhouse pianist and a strong vocal presence. Backed on these sessions by sympathetic New Orleans musicians, he seems to have been simply turned loose to do as he liked. There is a noticeable informality to the recordings, with the artist occasionally stumbling over his words, stopping and starting at will. Some tracks find him playing recognizable songs, while others, such as "Skit Skat" and "Dupree Special," are jams. The album is enjoyable despite this as an expression of Dupree's personality. On several songs, notably "Give Me the Flowers While I'm Livin'" and "You Can Make It" (both of which also appeared on the posthumous One Last Time), Dupree makes specific references to death (the former song even pictures him in his coffin). The subject of death is not unknown in the blues, of course, but Dupree seems conscious of his advanced age here and deals with his coming death evenly and even humorously. His last sessions may not be his best work, but they show him to be as distinctive as ever. ~ William Ruhlmann

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (4/01, p.70) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Evidence [of] his considerable charm as a singer-talker and his penchant for making wise observations on prejudice, heartache, drinking, life and death..."
    Living Blues (1-2/01, pp.76-7) - "...If you've never explored the Rounder catalog of this legend, you might begin with thic compilation..."
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