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8 Hands on 88 Keys: Chicago Blues Piano Masters

  • 1. It's You Baby - Barrelhouse Chuck Goering
    2. Rooster's Blues - Barrelhouse Chuck Goering
    3. Pinetop's Blues - Barrelhouse Chuck Goering/Erwin Helfer/Barrelhouse Chuck
    4. Miss Ida B. - Barrelhouse Chuck Goering/Detroit Junior/Barrelhouse Chuck
    5. I'm So Unhappy - Detroit Junior
    6. Ella - Detroit Junior
    7. Stagger Lee - Detroit Junior
    8. Ain't Nobody's Business - Detroit Junior/Erwin Helfer
    9. Stop Time Boogie - Erwin Helfer
    10. 4 O'Clock Blues - Erwin Helfer
    11. I Almost Lost My Mind - Erwin Helfer/Pinetop Perkins
    12. Grinder Man Blues - Pinetop Perkins
    13. How Much More? - Pinetop Perkins
    14. How Long Blues - Pinetop Perkins
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5003

  • Credits
    EngineerBradley Parker-Sparrow; Adam Miller

    Personnel: Detroit Junior (vocals, piano); Barrelhouse Chuck Goering, Pinetop Perkins (vocals); Erwin Helfer (piano).
    Recording information: Sparrow Sound Design (11/13/2001).
    Editors: Steven B. Dolins; Erwin Helfer; Bradley Parker-Sparrow.
    Photographer: Paul Natkin.
    To celebrate their 25th anniversary as a record label, The Sirens gathered four Chicago blues piano masters to perform a few numbers each for this compilation. The junior player, Barrelhouse Chuck, is first up, singing and playing a spirited rendition of Sunnyland Slim's "It's You Baby," followed by a down-home original instrumental, "Rooster's Blues." Barrelhouse Chuck cedes the piano bench to Erwin Helfer as he sings along with Helfer's romping take of Pinetop Smith's "Pinetop's Blues." Detroit Junior is at the keyboard to accompany Barrelhouse Chuck's soulful interpretation of New Orleans great Roosevelt Sykes' "Miss Ida B." Detroit Junior plays a pair of Emery Williams Jr.'s works, including a jagged "I'm So Unhappy" and the loping boogie woogie "Ella." He's at his best singing the humorous traditional favorite "Stagger Lee." Helfer take over the piano for Detroit Junior's terrific performance of Jimmy Witherspoon's classic blues "Ain't Nobody's Business." At age 88, Pinetop Perkins is a veteran sideman with numerous blues greats (especially Muddy Waters) and an established leader in his own right. The highlight of his three solo numbers are the gritty performance and vocal of Leroy Carr's timeless "How Long Blues." Helfer again takes a seat at the piano as Perkins delivers a moving vocal in Ivory Joe Hunter's "I Almost Lost My Mind." In addition to his role as accompanist, Helfer offers a pair of boogie woogie numbers. His adventurous "Stop Time Boogie" displays his formidable technique, and there's also his reflective arrangement of boogie woogie great Jimmy Yancey's "4 O'Clock Blues." Highly recommended! ~ Ken Dryden

  • Critic Reviews
    Living Blues (5-6/02, p.50) - "...A bracing rebuttal to curmudgeons who insist that 'authentic' Chicago blues are a thing of the past..."
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