Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Memphis Slim - Cold Blooded Woman

This budget CD - there are no liner notes so no information about any of the songs included - is still a good example of Memphis Slim's style of jump-blues - a mixture of B.B.King's horn-driven blues and early r'n'b boppers and hoppers like Big Joe Turner. Unfortunately, the musicians are not listed, as the guitarist is truly exceptional and the rest of the band does a great job of backing Slim's piano and swingin' vocals.

Born in Memphis, he traveled throughout the South before settling in Chicago (where he worked with Big Bill Broonzy), but still has a New Orleans feel to some of his tunes ("Good Time Roll Creole" and "What is the Mare Back" being the obvious) but his sound is solid blues throughout.

Not as down and dirty as some of my faves, but a good r'n'b feel to his blues and a nice, horn-driven sound. Dig it!