Memphis Slim

Lord Have Mercy on Me

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Recorded in Paris during the year 1968, Memphis Slim's Lord Have Mercy on Me belongs among his best work in the straightforward blues category. Supported by bassist Henri Tischitz and drummer Michel Denis, Slim lays down 12 studies in Southern-born and Chicago-bred blues, prefacing each track with a spoken title and usually including the take number. "San Juan Blues" operates over a New Orleans rhumba framework. "Three in One Boogie" is a glorious example of this worldly pianist's masterful boogie-woogie technique. The rest of the material either kicks a bit or settles down for a slow and reflective grind, gently grappling with the complexities of life, love, and human nature.

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