Monday, November 21, 2011

Joe Turner

An LP on the BluesTime label from 1969. In the wake of the British beat invasion of the USA and interest in the blues and R&B that followed a few of the old bluesmen that were still active re-made some of their old hits of the 40's and 50's. Arranged and conducted by Gene Page this is a similar update with lush big band playing with Joe but it's not all bad though not a patch on the originals.

"Born in Baltimore, Turner was first taught piano by his mother when he was five. He moved to New York around 1925 and enjoyed much popularity among musicians in Harlem, working with June Clark (1927-1928), Benny Carter (1929), and Louis Armstrong (1930). He accompanied the singer Adelaide Hall in a piano duo with Alex Hill and then with Francis Carter; he and Carter toured Europe with Hall in 1931. Turner performed as a soloist throughout Europe until 1939, and then in the USA. After working as a member of an army band led by Sy Oliver (1944-1945) and with Rex Stewart (1946) he returned to Europe and played in Hungary (1948) and Switzerland (1949-1962). He then settled in Paris, where from 1962 he held a residency at La Calvados; he also performed in Great Britain, Switzerland, and the USA. Turner was influenced mainly by James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Art Tatum, and Erroll Garner."

Tracks are as follows =

1. Shake Rattle and Roll
2. Lonesome Train
3. Corrina, Corrina
4. How Long, How Long Blues
5. Careless Love
6. Two Loves Have I

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