Champion Jack Dupree


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This Krazy Kat collection of post-war sides by Champion Jack Dupree makes a nice companion to his release on the Red Pepper label, 1944-1945. Both albums find Dupree in excellent form and singing a variety of boogie-woogie, blues selections, but they differ in their instrumentation; 1944-1945 features Dupree in an intimate, solo piano setting, while 1945-1953 includes a variety of sidemen and has a more rambling, jam-session atmosphere. Highlights from this Krazy Kat release include the electric-blues scorcher "Stumbling Block" and the New Orleans' shuffle-beat tune "Somebody Changed the Lock." Dupree also lays down some Muddy Waters-inspired blues on "Highway Blues" and gets into some early rock & roll on "Shake Baby Shake" and "Shim Sham Shimmy." Harpist Sonny Terry and guitarist Brownie McGhee provide fine support on tracks like "Number Nine Blues" and drummer Willie Jones supplies a nice, propulsive beat throughout. 1945-1953 has a very good assortment of Dupree's prime, early cuts and, like both the Red Pepper release and Columbia's New Orleans Barrelhouse Boogie, it offers a good introduction to his recordings.

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