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  • Audio CD (September 1, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • ASIN: B0000002ZU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,109 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Moriz Rosenthal on November 7, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This is Booker near the end of his career, playing in a dinky New Orleans bar and usually half out of his head. But the fingers still knew what they were doing, even on a piano that sounds as if it's strung with rubber bands. For an introduction to Booker's playing I'd recommend "New Orleans Piano Wizard," Booker in front of a huge audience playing a superb grand piano. But Booker freaks can't get enough of his playing, and I'm one of them.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By quizzit@aol.com on August 5, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Listen to "Piano Salad" and tell me how this guy plays this with only two hands? Definitely one of the finest piano players from New Orleans!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck on September 22, 2007
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This is a solo club recording of the great New Orleans Pianist James Booker. A word of warning, the recordings were originally never planned for release so the Piano sound (and the sound overall) isn't great. The reason for its release though is clear. Booker was erratic and in the studio might or might not be on form that day. Here with the benefit of hours and hours of tapes they have able to put out two volumes of superb solo Piano with Booker unleashed to do his own thing for as long as he liked!

Highlight on this disc for me is the brilliant version of "On the Sunny Side of Street". Booker wasn't really a Jazz Pianist but listen to this performance and you might want to question that statement. This is a better version (except for the sound quality) than on the excellent studio album album Junco partner (Hannibal HNCD 1359). Checkout the great solo, he may not be Jazz Pianist, but he has all the attributes of a Jazz Pianist.

Elsewhere there are stunning versions of some of Bookers own tunes and great covers of many well known tunes like 'Eleanor Rigby', Tico Tico and 'Over the Rainbow'.

You should have this essential New Orleans Piano recording in your collection together with its sister volume 'Ressurection of the Bayou Maharajah'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel M. Hart on October 5, 2012
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James Booker. Spiders On The Keys-Live.
James Carroll Booker III (17 Dec. 1939 - 8 Nov. 1983) was an extremely talented piano player who died too soon of kidney failure after a lifetime of addiction to drugs and alcohol. This album was released ten years after his death and contains thirteen examples of piano playing genius. According to the liner notes, his talented interpretations of pop songs and jazz standards varied from one day to the next, and during a song, his solo interpretation of the song could go on for 30 minutes. By this time, both James Booker and his band were probably left wondering what song it was they were supposed to be getting back to. His drinking and drug use eventually addled his mind and left people thinking that he was mentally ill. He played piano at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans, and was often unable to perform due to his addictions. He learned the piano playing the songs and styles of other pianists like Erroll Garner and Liberace and would later play other songs in their style as well. Cut #11, "Besame Mucho", is played in the flowery Liberace style. His piano playing style often made it seem as if he were playing using three hands, his left hand playing both a block chord rhythm and a syncopated bass line at the same time, while his right hand played the melody or did improvisations. His song "Three Keys" on the "Classified" and "Blues 88's: Boogie-Woogie Instrumentals" albums, was especially noted for this. No lie folks, ya gotta hear it to believe it.
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