Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Good Understanding !

The great bluesmen Willie Dixon (bass) and Peter Chapman, a.k.a. Memphis Slim (piano), were both born in Mississippi in 1915 and both moved their music to the more hospitable climate of Chicago. Since the early Fifties, Willie Dixon has been the studio kingpin of Chicago blues, having written, produced, and played bass on countless classics by Muddy Waters, Howlin¹ Wolf, Otis Rush, Koko Taylor and many others. He was working the coffeehouse circuit with pianist Memphis Slim when he cut this, his first album as a leader, in 1959. Besides his unique interpretations of « Good Understanding » and « Sittin’ & Cryin ‘ The Blues », it includes eight lesser-known compositions from Dixon¹s prolific pen. It is unlike all other albums by Dixon, as he and Slim are accompanied not by the usual crew of Chicago blues players, but by a group of New York mainstream jazzmen, including tenor saxophonist Hal Ashby and guitarist Wally Richardson. Fantastic.

Willie Dixon & Memphis Slim - Good Understanding

Willie Dixon & Memphis Slim - Sittin' And Cryin' The Blues


Blogger sleepybomb said...

very nice! i was lucky enuff to see these guys (not together), at the new orleans jazz fest years ago. i never knew they did this stuff. . . thanks!

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Blogger Reverend Frost said...

You're welcome !

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Tom said...

"I mean, what a songwriter! To me, that's one of the names. When I was getting into the blues, it was, Who wrote this? I was lookin' at Muddy Waters records, and who wrote it? Dixon, Dixon, Dixon. And the bass player is writin' THESE songs? And then I'm lookin' at Howlin' Wolf: Dixon, Dixon, Dixon. I said, Oh, yeah, this guy is more than just a great bass player! And let's face it: he was an incredible bass player." (Keith Richards)

"Well, (the Stones) come to my house, you know, and I wouldn't let them all in the house 'cause there be too many people with 'em, you know. They had a whole LINE of limousines, a block-long of limousines, and all of them full of people and they think they gonna get in my 6-room house. And that could never happen, you know. So I took 'em all where Muddy Waters was working at The Quiet Night, it was a good big place... We got into jammin' and singin' and playin' together." (Willie Dixon)

7:15 PM  
Blogger Tuwa said...

Saw your sight linked from a Peter Patnaik post on The Tofu Hut. Great work you're doing here; keep it up.

3:41 AM  
Blogger McBoozo the Clown said...

You definitely can't beat the outstanding talent that Willie Dixon possessed! He was an important influence on everyone from Muddy to Led Zep, Stones, Yardbirds, basically all the blues based rock leading up to the present. Nice post! (also, great pic by the way)

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