Various Artists

Double Crossing Blues

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This compilation, made up of duets between various all-star blues artists, is an interesting idea that unfortunately doesn't deliver. The blues' most famous partnerships (Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, Shirley & Lee, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee) are represented, along with a slew of one-off singles pairing Ella Fitzgerald with Louis Jordan, Big Mama Thornton and Johnny Ace, and others. It works well on a conceptual level, but drastic jumps between styles and sound quality make it come off as more of an odd duck than a good idea. Most of these songs are cool, but do they really play well back to back?

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