Albert Ammons

Boogie Woogie Man [ASV/Living Era]

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Albert Ammons was a superb stride and swing pianist as well as a master of the blues and an archetypal boogie-woogie ace. Living Era's Albert Ammons tribute album presents a precise chronological survey spanning a little more than ten years, from February 13, 1936, to July 2, 1946. This robust compilation contains some of his very best recordings -- as a soloist; as a collaborator in league with Pete Johnson and Meade "Lux" Lewis; as temporal and tonal ballast alongside Big Sid Catlett among the Port of Harlem Jazzmen; in a quartet with trumpeter Harry James; in cahoots with vocalists Joe Turner and Sippie Wallace; and leading two different editions of his Rhythm Kings band, one of which had a front line of trumpeter Hot Lips Page, trombonist Vic Dickenson, and tenor saxophonist Don Byas. This is superb, supremely down-to-earth good-time music, most of it performed with a rhythmic intensity that is ideal for hiking, carousing, chopping root vegetables, or splitting cordwood.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:03
2 3:12
3 2:23
4 2:37
5 2:24
6 3:44
7 3:16
8 4:36
9 3:52
10 3:40
11 3:30
12 4:02
13 3:00
14
feat: Pete Johnson
2:46
15
feat: Pete Johnson
3:06
16
feat: Pete Johnson
2:23
17
feat: Pete Johnson
2:45
18 3:04
19 3:11
20 4:07
21 4:37
22 3:18
23 2:31
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