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Memphis Slim - The Sonet Blues Story (1973)

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Memphis Slim - The Sonet Blues Story (1973)

Memphis Slim - The Sonet Blues Story (1973)
Blues | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
Universal 0602498692530, 24bit remaster | rem: 2005 | 225Mb

Like many of the black blues & jazz musicians of his generation, Memphis Slim found both an audience & a home in Europe for the last 20-plus years of his life, basing himself in Paris beginning in 1962 & remaining there until his death in 1988. In that span he recorded an astounding 50 or so albums, not including the various recordings of his live performances that still continue to surface.
While it could be argued that his peak years were in the '40s & '50s, the recordings he made in the last third of his life were incredibly intimate & frank, & he didn't shy away from addressing racial & social injustice in the later songs, even while he kept his blues performances smooth & accessible. This fine set, recorded in New York in 1967 on one of his U.S. tours, is a case in point. Slim sounds warm, assured, & often pointedly poignant on songs like the majestic "Freedom" & the direct & honest "I Am the Blues." He blasts loose at the piano for the barrelhouse "Broadway Boogie," then coasts warmly through the bubbling "A Long Time Gone." On the marvelous "Ballin' the Jack" he hits a light, swinging groove that isn't so much blues or jazz but a simple, elegant mixture of the two, given atmosphere by Eddie Chamblee's tenor sax & Billy Butler's sleek guitar. Slim recorded so much that it is difficult to say exactly when he was at his best, since he was always professional & solid, but this set is undeniably special, featuring Slim doing his thing backed by a fine b&, & listeners will definitely get a feel here for the measure of the man. ~Allmusic

Track listing
01. Everyday (I Have The Blues) (2:59)
02. I Am The Blues (2:49)
03. A Long Time Gone (2:36)
04. I Feel Like Ballin' The Jack (2:28)
05. Strange, Strange Feeling (Let's Get With It) (2:27)
06. Only Fools Have Fun (2:52)
07. Broadway Boogie (3:06)
08. Gambler's Blues (4:06)
09. Freedom (5:55)
10. Sassy Mae (2:40)
~ (31:58)

Personnel
- Memphis Slim (vocals, piano)
- Billy Butler (guitar)
- Eddie Chamblee (tenor saxophone)
- Lloyd Trotman (bass guitar)
- Herb Lavelle (drums)

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