Memphis Slim

Just Blues

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Cut during one session in November of 1960, Memphis Slim's Just Blues features the urbane singer both alone at the piano and backed by guitarist Lafayette Thomas and jazz bassist Wendell Marshall; harp player "Harpie" Brown joins the party for two cuts. One of a handful of stellar albums Slim cut for Prestige's Bluesville label, the 12-track set offers a particularly pleasant way to check out the pianist's tasty keyboard work and wide-ranging topical bent: From booze drinking and sexual innuendo to real lowdown blues, Slim tackles the varied terrain with aplomb. Also part of a Prestige two-fer that includes the album No Strain.

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