Dr. Feelgood & the Interns

Dr. Feelgood

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Willie Perryman, younger brother of Rufus aka Speckled Red, is your basic, deliberate barrelhouse and honky tonk pianist whose percussive approach, stride inferences, and two-chord signatures are prevalent throughout this solo set. His singing is a bit rough and raggedy, but nonetheless sweet and tuneful. Piano Red also wrote the bulk of these twelve two+ minute tracks. The majority of the tunes are half-time 4/4, such as "Coochi" (actually pronounced "coocha"), the similar "I Know You Care for Me," the quintessential rent party blues "We'll Have a Good Time Tonight," the fun take of the classic "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone," and the beat of "Barrelhouse Boogie," whose 50/50 measured and strident/non-swinging pace is typical of this whole set. The variations are a slower honky tonk-type line on the title track, the most straight boogie-woogie with slowed down segments on the instrumental "Boogie Time," a straight 12-bar take of Leroy Carr's "Low Down Dog Blues," and the pining "Let's Fall In Love," not the well-known standard, but Red's original. The rest are instrumentals, with an occasional yelp or whoop. A tonking "Jump, Man Jump," the simple song "Think She Ain't," and the joyous two-chord line of "Comin' On" all sound fine without lyrics. Red is one of those unsung heroes in the lexicon of older jazz and blues piano stylings. This is a good CD, and should be available at a discount price due to the limited length, just short of 32 minutes total.

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