Memphis Slim

No Strain

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Cut from the same 1960 sessions as Slim's equally fine Just Blues album, No Strain finds the pianist and singer effortlessly working through another set of solo piano and combo pieces. Backed by either harmonica player "Harpie" Brown or the tandem of guitarist Lafayette Thomas and bassist Wendell Marshall, Slim turns in a highly enjoyable set of seasoned performances. Both at the keyboard and the mic, alone or with company, Slim shows why he was one of the most urbane and original of blues giants.

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