King of the New Orleans Keyboard
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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).Read more ›
As a result I bought ordered both albums with different covers but they are exactly the same title with the same songs!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a replacement for a CD I lost. It was perfect, the music was great as I knew it would be.Published 17 months ago by Marilyn
This is a great CD. I came across James Booker only recently but have bought a number of his CDS because I think that his work is great.Published on May 29, 2012 by G. Ivanson
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. Read morePublished on July 2, 2008 by Brendan Mclean
there are so many "Kings" of New Orleans keyboard, I can't even think of them all, but you'd have to list Professor Longhair, Roosevelt Sykes, Huey Piano Smith, Tuts Washington,... Read morePublished on January 13, 2006 by COMPUTERJAZZMAN
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