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Audio CD, May 30, 1994
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  • Audio CD (May 30, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Obc
  • ASIN: B000000XZA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,283 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lester Leaps In
2. Blue And All Alone
3. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
4. C-Jam Blues
5. New Orleans Blues
6. Careless Love
7. Stormy Weather (Take 1)
8. Stormy Weather (Take 2)
9. I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None O' This Jelly Roll
10. Birth Of The Blues

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This informal, relaxed collection of 1960 duets features Snowden's surprisingly impressive acoustic work as prominently as Johnson's rich vocals and smooth electric guitar. Both of these veterans had successful associations with jazz legends during the early parts of their careers--Johnson with Ellington and Armstrong; Snowden with Eubie Blake and Count Basie among others--and the repertoire leans heavily on jazz standards. On five of six instrumentals, including "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "Lester Leaps In," and "C Jam Blues," Snowden's fleet acoustic guitar jumps to the fore, while Johnson takes lead on four vocal performances, including two superb takes of "Stormy Weather." Only on "Careless Love" does a guitar battle materialize. Still, the unique material, sparkling performances, and the light-hearted approach make for highly enjoyable listening. --Marc Greilsamer

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By political idiot on October 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Two long time friends together, reminiscing and playing absolutely beautiful blues and ballads. If "New Orleans Blues" or "Stormy Weather" don't bring a tear to your eye, then you need to check with a doctor to see if you are still alive. Why the Amazon sales rank on this CD is so low is beyond my comprehension. Wonderful recording quality. These recordings along with the other in this series are among Lonnie Johnson and Elmer Snowden's finest --amazing since both are considered to have peaked performance wise in the late 20s/early 30s.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Gallaugher on August 10, 2010
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This music from a by-gone era sure makes me wish I'd been around back in the day. A companion piece to the previous Johnson/Snowden volume entitled 'Blues and Ballads', this recording presents a rare opportunity to experience two master musicians sitting down together, spontaneously ripping through a few tunes from the american jazz/blues song book. Of the two volumes, I have reason to prefer this one - but they are both excellent. Of course, I'm a huge Lonnie Johnson fan - that's why I bought this CD. But the revelation here is that Elmer Snowden not only holds his own, he possibly steals the show. Snowden (on acoustic) is particularly brilliant when showcased on his instrumental features, which he patiently and skillfully negotiates with ease: 'Lester Leaps In', C-Jam Blues (responding to Lonnie's request: "hey Elmer, let's do something you and Ellington used to jam out on!"), 'Careless Love' (Snowden: "hey Lonnie, I know you spent a lot of time in St. Louis, did you ever meet Handy?" Johnson:"sure I did!"), and a profoundly moving 'Birth of the Blues', which wraps everything up, either putting a smile on my face or bringing emotional tears to the eyes (depending). I can easily recommend this CD, but I don't particularly care if anyone believes me or not. I've got it, listen to it constantly, and that's all that matters.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bruno A. N. Pietoso on June 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Well, I'm afraid that I might get a little redundant describing this album, since Blues And Ballads and this Vol.2 is just as good and as surprising as Vol.1.

All I can say about this album is, one more precious gem by this great bluesman that is Lonnie Johnson and his companion Elmer Snowden and bass player Wendell Marshall.

On this one, pay close attention to Lester Leaps in, On the sunny side of the street, C-Jam Blues... hmm thinking about it now, pay close attention to the entire album, it's wonderful.

It shows great improvisation by all musicians, but also a great sense of melody and harmony that even today is rare to find in some blues musicians and jazz musicians.

And to think that these two albums were recorded all at once at the same day , April 5 1960. Today, some musicians take 5 years to record a piece of garbage and these guys managed to record a wonderful record in one day. Who's got it, got it.

Thumbs up to this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Gidron on December 20, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is a real gem! two unbelievable blues guitar players (one also sings) who brought tears to my eyes. They are creative and soulful both in the slow and the fast tracks.
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