Claude Bolling

Original Bolling Boogie

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Claude Bolling has appeared in many roles throughout his career, but this album was a bit unusual, a set of boogie-woogie-oriented piano solos. In addition to numbers by Pete Johnson, Pine Top Smith and Meade Lux Lewis ("Honky Tonk Train Blues"), Bolling plays spirited versions of some standards ("Weary Blues," "Cow Cow Boogie," and "Dardanella") and contributed a couple of originals in the boogie tradition. Fun music, very much out of style in 1968.