Jesse Fuller

Jazz, Folk Songs, Spirituals & Blues

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Jesse Fuller was among the greatest one-man bands in blues history. The title of this 1958 date adequately described the session's musical width and depth; Fuller handled everything from old spirituals such as "I'm Going to Meet My Loving Mother" to the rollicking "Memphis Boogie" and "Fingerbuster," and the concluding "Hesitation Blues." As sole performer, melodic, rhythmic, and performing focus, Fuller's energy never wanes through the CD's 11 numbers. He nicely conveys the varying moods, themes, and sentiments, knowing which lyrics to emphasize, when to intensify the pace, and when to lower his voice and let the music make the point.

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