Tuesday, December 2, 2014
The Original Boogie Woogie Piano Giants Original Recordings 1938-1941 Columbia 1974
This is compilation featuring Chicago pianists Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis, but it's full of Kansas City's Pete Johnson. It was released by Columbia as part of a John Hammond blues reissue series. Pretty solid to be thrown up with those names and shows that KC was a big deal. And, to have John Hammond credit Johnson is appropriate as he led the blues revival scene back in the day with his love of the blues.
The compilation has 9 tracks that feature Johnson on the piano. He dominates the LP. A number of tracks feature Big Joe Turner, but Johnson is found here working with the other mentioned names as well as solo on the defining track, "Boogie Woogie." He's clearly defined as one of the primary influences and inventors of the boogie woogie style.
The compilation took the original tracks, possibly from old 78s as you tend to hear surface noise throughout most tracks that sounds as if it was recorded in and original masters if they available. All tracks are presented in original mono and it appears the only hard work came in the transfer. There doesn't seem to be remastering job, just an attempt to get these as close to the original issues as possible. Solid pick up on the cheap due to the quality of the tracks, both Johnson's and others.
Pete Johnson Boogie Woogie