Picking the Blues: Boogie Woogie Pioneers

Picking the Blues: Boogie Woogie Pioneers

by John MayallJohn Mayall


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British musician, bandleader, and blues historian John Mayall was tapped by the excellent jazz and blues archival label Document to dig through his record collection and present the best of the boogie-woogie pioneers. Not only did Mayall select the 22 songs for the disc, but he also wrote the liner notes in which he recalls his life-altering discovery of this music by hunting down used 78s back in the early '50s. The lineup Mayall chose speaks for itself. Not only does he pay tribute to the professors of boogie-woogie, but also a cross reference of blues pianists recorded between 1928 and 1960, none of which are represented by more than one track, serving the listener with a full scope of variations in style.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/2006
Label: Document
UPC: 0714298321227
catalogNumber: 322012
Rank: 94143

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Mayall   Primary Artist
Cow Cow Davenport   Piano,Soloist
Memphis Slim   Piano,Vocals
Jimmy Yancey   Piano,Soloist
Albert Ammons   Piano,Soloist
Jay McShann   Percussion,Piano,Drums
Speckled Red   Piano,Vocals
Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon   Vocals
Tampa Red   Guitar,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Sonny Scott   Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Charlie Spand   Piano,Vocals
Abe Bolar   String Bass
Ernest Cotton   Tenor Saxophone
Ernest "Big" Crawford   Bass,Percussion,Drums
Meade "Lux" Lewis   Piano,Soloist
Ulysses Livingston   Guitar
Cripple Clarence Lofton   Piano,Soloist
Walter Roland   Piano,Vocals
Charles Saunders   Drums
Otis Spann   Piano,Vocals
Wesley Wallace   Piano,Soloist
J. Mayo Williams   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Cleo Brown   Piano,Vocals
Romeo Nelson   Piano,Soloist
Pete Johnson & His Boogie Woogie Boys   Piano
Pete Johnson Blues Trio   Guitar,Piano,String Bass
Turner Parrish   Piano,Soloist

Technical Credits

Cow Cow Davenport   Composer
Jimmy Yancey   Composer
John Mayall   Liner Notes
Albert Ammons   Composer
Jay McShann   Composer
Big Maceo Merriweather   Composer
Charlie Spand   Composer
Peter Chatman   Composer
Meade "Lux" Lewis   Composer
Eurreal Montgomery   Composer
Walter Roland   Composer
Otis Spann   Composer
Wesley Wallace   Composer
Gary Atkinson   Producer
Jabo Williams   Composer
Romeo Nelson   Composer
Kevin Witt   Graphic Design
Turner Parrish   Composer

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