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Junco Partner Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 12-MAR-1993

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Like Jelly Roll Morton and Professor Longhair, James Booker belonged to the great tradition of New Orleans piano "professors," players whose flamboyance extended from the keyboard to every aspect of life. On this 1975 solo recording, Booker's music is a gumbo of everything from barrelhouse blues and R&B to memories of childhood classical training as he ranges through material that had its origins with Chopin, Leadbelly, Earl King, and Tin Pan Alley. It's all stirred together in the high-speed blender of Booker's piano technique, driving, rock-solid left-hand rhythms colliding with the percussive runs that explode from the right. Booker is an effective singer, with a casual musicality and a lived-in voice, but the vocal tracks inevitably feel like piano with vocal accompaniment. --Stuart Broomer
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 9, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Hannibal
  • ASIN: B00000061V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,842 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album, produced by Joe Boyd(Richard Thompson, et.al), is solo piano, well recorded with a mix of instrumental pieces(Pixie, Black Minute Waltz) and piano/vocals like Sunny Side Of The Street, Good Night Irene and Make A Better World. Black Minute Waltz is Booker's take on Chopin's Minute Waltz and will give you a taste of how far afield piano can get and how deeply affecting James Booker's world can get. Start with the best piano playing, add the crazed, yodeling vocals and mix in profound love for humanity (and various drugs) and you end up in the church of Booker, praising the late master to the skies as he laughs and strides on. The only match for this masterpiece is the live album on Rounder(2027) New Orleans Piano Wizard.
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I defy anyone to listen to "Pixie" and be convinced only one man is playing. Unless that one man is the legendary James Booker. Not unlike Nina Simone in his way of combining classical elements into jazz and R+B, Booker is as good as it gets for New Orleans-style piano. When he sings "Junco Partner", its with a voice that rings all too true. Great stuff.
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I have collected a lot of great music from every possible style over many years. I love solo Piano (play a little myself) and have music from many artists from a wide range of styles and eras.

Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Butler, and other great NOLA pianists are all tremendous in their own right; but if I had to keep just one CD in my collection it would be this one. It has soul, style, rhythm and passion delivered with some serious virtuosity.

Eventually I would love to own all of James Booker's solo work.
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New Orleans has produced a remarkable number of outstanding pianists, and James Booker shows on this album why he belongs near the top of that list. His signature hard-driving polyrhythms, stunningly rich two-fisted texture, and overall technical brilliance make this a must-listen album for any fan of New Orleans R&B. I'm surely not alone in that opinion, since Hal Leonard published some James Booker transcriptions that include many of these tunes and a few fairly decent renditions appear on YouTube.
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