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King of the New Orleans Keyboard

James BookerAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 3, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • ASIN: B000001BI0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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2. Classified
3. One Hell Of A Nerve
4. Blues Rhapsody
5. Rockin' Pneumonia
6. Please Send Me Someone To Love
7. All By Myself
8. Ain't Nobody's Business
9. Something You Got
10. Harlem In Hamburg
11. Put Out The Light
12. Ray Charles Medley
13. Tipitina-Loberta
14. Junco Partner
15. Drown In The River
16. Black Night
17. Goodnight Sweetheart
18. Lonely Avenue

Editorial Reviews

pianist. vocalist James Booker. Quintessential New Orleans, R&B, Jazz, Rock, Soul, R&B, classical,

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
While this disc is still essential listening for a Booker-head like myself, it's probably not THE one to start with. I think his inspiration level was on medium, particularly on the first few selections. That's also where some of the more pedestrian compositions are, which doesn't help with the first-impression making. (I don't know if the disc reproduces a single concert in performance order, but he seems more into his playing and singing it as the disc goes on.)

Here, he seems to put the most feeling into the ballads--perhaps he was getting a little homesick at this point in his German tour. Not to say that his playing is bad on the uptempo stuff. This version of Rockin' Pneumonia is fun. He's not out of control or lethargic by any means (and with later Booker, this was unfortuately a possibility). Also, these tunes are his core repetoire, so he's not fumbling on anything. But he's not on fire as he can be during his very best moments. Here, he turns in a lot of joyous music, and delivers some unique moments that aren't repeated elsewhere.

A digression from this CD...

Personally, my picks for solo Booker albums are "Resurrection of the Bayou Maharajah" and "Junco Partner" -- they feature New Orleans piano and singing at it's very best. On "Resurrection" (and it's all-instrumental companion "Spiders on the Keys") you get the best takes selected from dozens (hundreds?) of hours of his playing taped informally at the Maple Leaf bar in New Orleans. The fidelity isn't the highest, but it's like being a fly on the wall at a private party where Booker was at the top of his game. It's true that some of these Maple Leaf performances were affected what sounds like untreated manic depression (and a helping of substance abuse).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blues pianist from Rome that loves New Orleans blues February 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I'm probably the only musician in Italy that knows the incredible Music of James Booker! (what a shame! ) This record is maybe my favourite (i've got them all). Ispired, very good sound, so many songs and, most of all, just James's voice and fingers. It's impossible to listen to more art from a single man. Long life to the music of Booker, Longhair and Dr John!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Triumphant New Orleans piano February 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I'm surprised there has been no previous review of this live album. For those interested mainly in Booker's remarkably sophisticated and soulful piano, this is the album to get. Intimate, well-recorded, and raw at the edges, it provides 75 minutes of James partying and singing at the keyboard to the delight of the small club's audience. I recommend this, along with "Junco Partner", as Booker's purest New Orleans solo piano recordings. My only objection is that the liner notes give no indication of where or when this recording was made.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one helluva nerve.... March 5, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
James Booker was at the very pinnacle of the genre known to some as 'New Orleans Piano'. Classically trained, a road warrior with different artists such as Joe Tex, Lionel Hampton & Ringo Starr, Booker was a man who played any kind of stuff at will. His way of transforming just about any song into his own elaborate creation remains unsurpassed, and his keyboard pyrotechnics continue to baffle and boggle the mind... Booker's recordings are varied, and a lot of people have released obscure tapes of him in various states of mind and degrees of intoxication. Some of this material ought to have remained in the can. This cd, however, seems to catch him in a good laid back mood - in control of the situation, both musically and performance-wise. Booker works his way through his staple repertoir, with a few surprises thrown in here and there. If you can't get your hands on PIANO PRINCE FROM NEW ORLEANS; BLUES AND RAGTIME FROM NEW ORLEANS or JUNCO PARTNER, this one will do nicely, in addition to all the records on Rounder. Enjoy, that's all I can say.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet Another Edition of Great Booker music July 2, 2008
Format:Audio CD
James Booker is the best New Orleans piano player ever. For some reason it seems to be a little known fact. On top of that, he has a deeply soulful and unique voice. This album is not the best of all Booker albums, but even if I just heard this album I would still defend my opening statement. On this work his virtuosity is evident. Blues Rhapsody is a stark example of how he was able to blend Classical and New Orleans-style piano and create his signature rhythmic and melodic sound, which defined his play. I like this album a lot and classify it as a five star recording. If I were to recommend an alternative, it would be a bootleg I bought in NOLA called Let Them Talk-James Booker Live in Europe, but I've never seen it since. In any case this is just plain good music from a super talented and very much American musician.
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