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Introduction To: Night Train Keyboard Kings

  • 1. Sunny Side of the Street - James Booker
    2. Beale Street Popeye - James Booker
    3. Goin' Down Slow - James Booker
    4. Junko Partner - Professor Longhair
    5. After Hours - Professor Longhair
    6. Tut's Tee Na Na - Tuts Washington
    7. Ham Sandwich Twist
    8. St. Louis Blues - Ellis Marsalis
    9. Juke Box Boogie Woogie Chic - Snookum Russell
    10. Timber - Eddie Bo
    11. Mardi Gras at the Boiler Room - Eddie Bo
    12. Southern Style
    13. Swivel Your Hips - Willie Tee/The Gaturs
    14. Behind the Wheel - Huey "Piano" Smith
    15. I Just Wonder - Eddie Bo
    16. Last Night - James Booker/June Gardner
    17. Gatur Bait - Willie Tee/The Gaturs
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Box Car Shorty/Peter Blue - Cousin Joe/Sammy Price
    2. Baby Won't You Please Come Home - Ray Charles
    3. Googie's Boogie - Charles Brown
    4. Huggin' Bug - Charles Brown
    5. Blues Hangover - Lloyd Glenn
    6. Old Time Shuffle Blues - Lloyd Glenn
    7. Pete's Holiday Boogie - Pete Johnson
    8. Hot Biscuits - Jay McShann
    9. Savage Boy - Lloyd Glenn
    10. Chica Boo - Lloyd Glenn
    11. Of All Things - Paula Watson
    12. Googie Woogie - Mabel Scott
    13. Dripper's Boogie - Joe Liggins
    14. Mr. Hootie - Jimmy Witherspoon/Jay McShann
    15. Blazer's Boogie - Charles Brown
    16. Commercial Eyes - Dodo Marmarosa/Lucky Thompson
    17. 4th of July Boogie
    18. Main Stem - Andr Previn
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2009

  • Credits
    ProducerAaron Fuchs (Reissue)

    Arranger: Tuts Washington.
    Tuff City's Night Train International imprint specializes in rare blues, jazz, and R&B material with a particular emphasis on New Orleans musicians, and the label's vigorous release schedule (the 35 tracks here are drawn from 30 different albums) has resulted in a huge catalog of hard to find gems. This two-disc sampler concentrates on keyboard players, with the first disc centering on New Orleans performers while the second features swing, R&B, and jump blues artists from outside the Crescent City. The diversity of styles here is impressive, ranging from boogie-woogie romps to organ-led soul-jazz instrumentals and even some big-band piano pieces. Among the highlights on the New Orleans disc are James Booker's funky "Beale Street Popeye," Wayne & the Velvetones' delightful "Ham Sandwich Twist," a blistering version of "Last Night" by June Gardner (featuring James Booker), and a pair of Eddie Bo keepers, the stomping "Timber" and the fluid, impressive "I Just Wonder." The second disc yields Cousin Joe's "Box Car Shorty/Peter Blue," Lloyd Glenn's accurately languid "Blues Hangover" (which manages somehow to sound both exhausted and energetic at the same time), Jay McShann's bubbling "Hot Biscuits," and Gladys Bently's big, strutting "4th of July Boogie." A wonderfully diverse -- yet still cohesive -- anthology, this one is a winner from first track to last. ~ Steve Leggett

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