T-Bone Walker

No Worry Blues [2002]

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With his mix of rough and soft, hot and cool, T-Bone Walker was the prototype for electric guitar slingers everywhere, and while his generally urbane and decidedly jazz approach to playing often gets lost in the T-Bone legend, the fact remains that he was one sweet guitarist. This collection, while probably not the place to start for an overview of his career, exhibits a solid case for Walker's historic placement in the lexicon of electric guitar, and although he seldom really cuts loose on these tracks, when he does, like in the kinetic "Bobby Sox Baby," the sparks fly with elegant tension.

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