Various Artists

Barrelhouse Boogie

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The four most important boogie-woogie pianists are all represented on this enjoyable CD. Meade Lux Lewis performs a 1936 remake of his classic "Honky Tonk Train Blues" and accompanies himself on "Whistlin' Blues"; the subtle Jimmy Yancey plays ten solos from 1939-40; and Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons (with drummer James Hoskins) jam on nine duets from 1940-41. Although there are more complete reissues of the pianists' work available from European labels, this Bluebird set gives listeners a strong sampling of boogie-woogie during its prime years.