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JOHNNY JONES & CHARLES WALKER
LUKE JONES/ DOC SAUSAGE
 

LUTHER JOHNSON Black & Blue 431.2 They Call Me the Popcorn Man CD $22.98

 
LUTHER JOHNSON Evidence 26047 On The Road Again CD $11.98

 
LUTHER JOHNSON MC Records 37 Live At The Rynborn CD $14.98
Blues guitarist/ vocalist recorded live in 1995 with his regular band.

 
LUTHER "GUITAR JR." JOHNSON & THE MAGIC ROCKERS Telarc 83389 Slammin' On The West Side CD $11.98
16 tracks, 65 mins, very good. A collection of journeyman blues from veteran Chicago bluesman Johnson who worked with the Muddy Waters band in the 70s and has previously recorded for Rooster Blues, Ichiban & Bullseye Blues. He is a decent singer and a solid guitar player. His band The Magic Rockers featuring Gordon Beadle on sax and Dave Torkanowsky on keyboards perform competently. The material is about two third originals and the rest is from the repertoire of Buddy Johnson, Bobby Bland, Junior Parker and others. A couple of tracks are stripped down acoustic performances. If I don't sound overly enthusiastic it's not that this is a bad disc it's just that with so many new blues recordings coming out this disc doesn't really stand out. (FS)
LUTHER "GUITAR JUNIOR" JOHNSON: A Pretty Girl/ Another Man/ Early In The Morning Blues/ Every Woman Needs To Be Loved/ Get Up And Go/ Hard Times/ Hey Little Girl/ I Ain't Doin' Too Bad/ It's Good To Me/ Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On/ She's Lookin' Good/ Sittin' On The Back Seat Of A Greyhound Bus/ Stranded/ The Woman I Love/ Waiting At The Station/ Why Am I Treated So Bad?

 
LUTHER "SNAKEBOY" JOHNSON Evidence 26005 Lonesome In My Bedroom CD $11.98
Reissue of Black & Blue 33.515, recorded in Paris in 1975. This was his last session, made in the able company of Lonnie Brooks, Hubert Sumlin, Willie Mabon, Fred Below and more. Johnson had a soulful, contemporary sound on his many originals, and pays tribute to former boss Muddy Waters on Honey Bee/ Long Distance Call. The notes unravel the Luther Johnson mystery at last, revealing our man to be the one known as "Georgia Boy" or "Snake", not to be confused with Luther "Houserocker" or Luther "Guitar Jr." (who also gets mixed up with Lonnie "Guitar Jr." Brooks). 11 cuts. (MB)

 
MARGARET JOHNSON Document DOCD 5436 Complete Recorded Works, 1923-1927 CD $15.98
MARGARET JOHNSON: A Trifling Man)/ Absent Minded Blues/ Best Friend Blues/ Changeable Daddy Of Mine/ Death House Blues/ Done Made A/ E Flat Blues/ Everything That Happens Just Pleases Me/ Feel This Mornin'/ Folks In New York City Ain't Like Folks Down South/ Fool Out Of Me/ Graysom Street Blues/ I Love You Daddy, But You Don't Mean Me No Good/ I'm A Good Hearted Mama (But I Got/ If I Let You Get Away With It Once You'll Do It All Of The Time/ Mama, Papa Don't Wanna Come Back Home/ My Man's Done Done Me Dirty/ Nobody Knows The Way I/ Nobody's Blues But Mine/ Papa, Mama's All Alone Blues/ Second-Handed Blues/ Stinging Bee Blues/ What Kind Of Love Is That?/ When A 'Gator Holler, Folks Say It's A Sign Of Rain/ Who'll Chop Your Suey (When I'm Gone)

 
MARY JOHNSON Document DOCD 5305 Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order, 1929-36 CD $15.98
22 tracks, 66 mins, highly recommended. Mary Johnson was a wonderful St Louis based singer who had some above average lyrics ("I went to the muddy creek this morning with my razor swinging in my hand (x2)/ I said good morning Mr Tadpole have you seen anything of my man"). Twelve of the cuts here feature her in the company of the brilliant piano player Henry Brown and some feature the unique and very effective blues trombone of Ike Rodgers. Tampa Red contributes some lovely slide guitar licks on four cuts and other tracks feature accompaniments by Roosevelt Sykes, Kokomo Arnold and Peetie Wheatstraw. There are excellent notes by Chris Smith, much of it based on a 1960 interview with Mary by Paul Oliver. With a few exceptions the sound quality is excellent and, in every respect, this is an outstanding reissue! (FS)
MARY JOHNSON: Barrel House Flat Blues/ Black Gal Blues/ Black Men Blues/ Dawn Of Day Blues/ Death Cell Blues/ Deceitful Woman Blues/ Delmar Avenue/ Dream Daddy Blues/ Friendless/ Gal Blues/ I Just Can't Take It/ Key To The Mountain Blues/ Mary Johnson Blues/ Mean Black Man Blues/ Morning Sun Blues/ Muddy Creek Blues/ No Good Town Blues/ Peepin' At/ Rattlesnake Blues/ Room Rent Blues/ The Risin' Sun/ Those Black Man Blues/ Three Months Ago Blues/ Western Union Blues

 
PETE JOHNSON Delmark 656 Central Avenue Boogie CD $11.98
14 tracks, 40 min., recommended A mix of small combo boogie woogie and jazz tracks, all featuring Johnson on piano. These tracks have more of a night club feel than do his earlier cuts on Bluenote, but there's still plenty of room for his jumpin' piano work to shine through. Featured numbers here include Pete Kay Boogie/ Margie/ Yancy Street Boogie, a particularly nice and previously unreleased boogie version of Swanee River, and four different takes of Hollywood Boogie. Fine sound quality, good cover art, and brief but solid notes. (DH)
PETE JOHNSON: 66 Stomp/ Central Avenue Drag/ Hollywood Boogie (alternate 1)/ Hollywood Boogie (alternate 2)/ Hollywood Boogie (alternate 3)/ Hollywood Boogie (master)/ Margie/ Minuet Boogie/ Pete Kay Boogie/ Plain Food Blues/ Plain Food Blues/ Swanee River/ Wiley's Boogie/ Yancy Street Boogie

 
PETE JOHNSON Document DOCD 1009 Radio Broadcasts, Film Sountracks & Alternate Takes CD $15.98
31 tracks including sides with Benny Goodman & His Orch, Big Joe Turner, Teddy Wilson & Orch., Lena Horne, The Capitol Jazzmen and others plus duets with Albert Ammons.
PETE JOHNSON: Back Room Blues (alt. take)/ Ben Rides Out (alt. take)/ Boogie Woogie (Jubilee No. 52)/ Boogie Woogie Dream (film soundtrack)/ Boogie Woogie On St. Louis Blues (film soundtrack)/ Boogie Woogie Prayer (Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street broadcast/ Buss Robinson Blues (alt. take)/ Dive Bomber/ Foot Pedal Boogie (Jubilee No. 6)/ Foot Pedal Boogie (Mail Call No. 65)/ Goin' Away Blues (Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street broadcast)/ I Got A Gal For Every Day In The Week (2nd alt. take)/ I May Be Wonderful (alt. take)/ Instrumental In C (film soundtrack)/ Introduction -/ Introduction In G (film soundtrack)/ Johnson And Turner Blues (alt. take)/ Low Down Dog (Jubilee No. 52)/ Movin' The Boogie (Jubilee No. 6 rehearsal)/ Movin' The Boogie (Jubilee No. 6)/ My New Gown (film soundtrack)/ Page Mr. Trumpet (alt. take)/ Prelude To Boogie Woogie Dream (film soundtrack)/ Rehearsal (Jubilee No. 6 rehearsal)/ Roll 'Em (Camel Caravan broadcast)/ Roll 'Em (Pete) (Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street broadcast)/ Sixth Avenue Express (Mail Call No. 65)/ Sugar (alt. take)/ Unlucky Woman (film soundtrack)/ Untitled Piano Duet (film soundtrack)

 
ROBERT JOHNSON Columbia 46222 The Complete Recordings CD $24.98
Two CD box set. After being put on hold for more than 15 years because of legal complications we are finally able to hear all the known recordings of one of the greatest blues artists who ever lived. Although some blues snobs have made an effort to downplay Johnson's importance there is little doubt that he was not only a major influence on many other blues performers but the intensity and conviction of his recordings are among the most affecting in all of blues. Unlike some of the great Mississippi blues performers who preceded and influenced him his music is much more accessible. His voice is high and clear and while, not all completely intelligible, most of the lyrics are easy to understand. His sound is transitional between the rough early Mississippi Delta feel and the shortly to come Chicago blues bands with his insistent and compulsive rhythms and memorable melody lines. Quite a few of his songs feature slide guitar and there have been few, if any, performers whose playing was so accomplished and moving ranging from the lyrical beauty of Come On In My Kitchen to the mind-boggling pyrotechnics of Preachin' Blues. His songs draw on a variety of sources including his Mississippi predecessors, traditional singers around him and artists popular on records like Leroy Carr and Lonnie Johnson. All this is transmuted through Johnson's own dark and introspective vision and he usually sounds a lot more tortured than his contemporaries. Even the one hokum song he does They're Red Hot does not sound like a cheerful piece. While songs like If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day, Stones In My Passway, Me And The Devil and most particularly Hellhound On My Trail may not be totally unique in the blues, there is no other blues artist, to my knowledge, who uses imagery of this intensity so consistently. It's hard to believe that in live performance he actually did versions of Yes Sir, That's My Baby and Tumbling Tumbleweeds! Perhaps it is this dark intensity that strikes home so strongly to his listeners and crosses racial, cultural and language barriers. This magnificent collection features all 29 songs that he recorded in Dallas and San Antonio in 1936 and 1937 plus 12 alternate takes. The alternate takes are sometimes musically quite different (as in Come On In My Kitchen) but often the differences are more subtle but still significant - different verses, different guitar riffs or different shadings in vocal emphasis. This makes it all the more frustrating to find out that there may have, at one time, existed other alternate takes that have not survived. The sound here is generally excellent. Unfortunately the original metal parts and test pressings vanished some time after being taped for the aborted project some years ago and so this reissue had to work with the tape made at the time. As result, some of the rarer alternate takes are a bit noisy. Still this is a small price to pay for all this magnificent music. The set comes with a 48 page booklet which includes a 17 page essay by Steve LaVere which features much previously unpublished material based on his extensive research. Included are some fascinating photographs which, besides the two extant ones of Robert, has photos of his mother, sister, his second wife, his half brother and some of his lesser known musical associates. It also includes photos of some of the better known artists who influenced him or whom he influenced including an amazing early photo of Elmore James. There are many gaps in the essay and it is to be hoped that these will be filled when LaVere finally publishes his long promised book. The rest of the booklet includes testimonials from Keith Richards and Eric Clapton and lyric transcriptions of all the songs (all takes). Was Johnson a tortured genius? Well, it doesn't really matter - he certainly sounds like it. Need I say that this set is utterly indispensable! (FS)

 
ROBERT JOHNSON Columbia 64916 The Complete Recordings CD $24.98
41 tracks, 106 mins, essential
When Columbia first released the complete recordings of Robert Johnson (Columbia 46222 - still available - see above) in 1990 it became the biggest selling country blues album of all time and introduced a lot of new listeners to the beauty of the country blues - not bad for an artist who had been dead for more than 50 years! It also became the biggest selling release that Roots & Rhythm ever had. Now five years later Columbia have issued this set again - no longer in the handsome 6"x12" box but in a standard double CD box with a standard CD size booklet with all the notes and photos reduced in size. So why is Columbia trying to have you part with your hard earned money again for the same music? Well in the years since the first release they have discovered better condition test pressings and acetates to dub from and new mastering techniques have been developed and in this case the tracks have been remastered using Sony's "Super Bit Mapping" process. So how does the new edition sound compared to the original one. Well there's no doubt that the sound is cleaner with less 78 surface noise and the vocals are crisper and have stronger presence. The improvements are sometimes subtle but always noticeable and in a few cases (Sweet Home Chicago and Hellhound On My Trail) the improvement is quite dramatic. On the debit side there seems to be some high end distortion that was not present on the previous issue. Although some have made an effort to downplay Johnson's importance there is little doubt that he was not only a major influence on many other blues performers but the intensity and conviction of his recordings are among the most affecting in all of blues. His voice is high and clear and while, not all completely intelligible, most of the lyrics are easy to understand. His sound is transitional between the rough early Mississippi Delta feel and the shortly to come Chicago blues bands with his insistent and compulsive rhythms and memorable melody lines. Quite a few of his songs feature slide guitar and there have been few, if any, performers whose playing was so accomplished and moving ranging from the lyrical beauty of Come On In My Kitchen to the mind-boggling pyrotechnics of Preachin' Blues. His songs draw on a variety of sources including his Mississippi predecessors, traditional singers around him and artists popular on records like Leroy Carr and Lonnie Johnson. All this is transmuted through Johnson's own dark and introspective vision. While songs like If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day, Stones In My Passway, Me And The Devil and most particularly Hellhound On My Trail may not be totally unique in the blues, there is no other blues artist, to my knowledge, who uses imagery of this intensity so consistently. Perhaps it is this dark intensity that strikes home so strongly to his listeners and crosses racial, cultural and language barriers. This collection features all 29 songs that he recorded in Dallas and San Antonio in 1936 and 1937 plus 12 alternate takes and a 2 second snatch of Johnson talking. The alternate takes are sometimes musically quite different (as in Come On In My Kitchen) but often the differences are more subtle but still significant - different verses, different guitar riffs or different shadings in vocal emphasis. The 60 page booklet includes an essay by Steve LaVere which features previously unpublished material based on his extensive research. Included are some fascinating photographs. The rest of the booklet includes testimonials from Keith Richards and Eric Clapton and lyric transcriptions of all the songs (all takes). Was Johnson a tortured genius? Well, it doesn't really matter - he certainly sounds like it. If you already have the previous issue and you are a real fan you may want to get the new version. If you are a more casual listener you could probably stick with the previous version. If you don't have either then you really should have one (or both) of them! (FS)

 
ROBERT JOHNSON Columbia 65746 King Of The Delta Blues Singers CD $11.98
17 tracks, 46 mins, essential
This is another CD reissue of possibly the greatest blues album ever issued, with one important difference. It includes a previously unissued alternate take of Travelling Riverside Blues which was only unearthed in 1999. Although some blues snobs have made an effort to downplay Johnson's importance there is little doubt that he was not only a major influence on many other blues performers but the intensity and conviction of his recordings are among the most affecting in all of blues. Unlike some of the great Mississippi blues performers who preceded and influenced him his music is much more accessible. His voice is high and clear and while, not all completely intelligible, most of the lyrics are easy to understand. His sound is transitional between the rough early Mississippi Delta feel and the shortly to come Chicago blues bands with his insistent and compulsive rhythms and memorable melody lines. Quite a few of his songs feature slide guitar and there have been few, if any, performers whose playing was so accomplished and moving ranging from the lyrical beauty of Come On In My Kitchen to the mind-boggling pyrotechnics of Preachin' Blues. Just how different is the alternate take - not dramatically so to the casual listen though there are marked differences with the inclusion at one point of an interesting bass string guitar lick which I don't believe Johnson used elsewhere. The performance sounds a little more tentative than the familiar version and at one point Johnson fumbles a guitar lick but it is still a masterful performance. Sound quality is superb and the introductory essay by Peter Guralnick cuts through the bullshit about influences, importance, etc and gets to the heart of the matter - the music and the undeniable emotional effect it has on the listener. (FS)

 
ROY LEE JOHNSON Southern Tracks 100 When A Guitar Plays The Blues CD $13.98
Decent set of contemporary blues by Nashville singer/ guitarist Johnson. All the songs are originals. Johnson is a good singer and guitarist but the mediocre accompaniments drag him down.

 
SYL JOHNSON Delmark 674 Back In The Game CD $14.98
14 tracks, 61 min, recommended
The title is no accident as Johnson, once in Willie Mitchell's HI Records stable of talent (along with Al Green), teams up with the Hi Rhythm of the Howard Grimes and the Hodges clan. The return to form is heartening as Syl delivers horn-jabbed, deep soul, including reworkings of such chestnuts as Take Me To The River and Anyway The Wind Blows. The churchy Dipped In The Water features the capable vocals of Johnson's daughter Syleena Thompson. Syl himself sounds as vocally powerful as ever, or nearly so, throwing in that falsetto thing he does in between singing the hell out of a song. (JC)
SYL JOHNSON: All Of Your Love/ Anyway The Wind Blows/ Back In The Game/ Clean Up Man/ Dipped In The Water/ Driving Wheel/ Ghetto Woman/ I Can't Stop/ I Like Your Style/ I Will Rise Again/ Keep On Loving Me/ Please Don't Give Up On Me/ Take Me To The River/ Watch What You Do To Me

 
SYL & JIMMY JOHNSON Evidence 26122 Two Johnsons Are Better Than One CD $15.98
14 tracks, 61 minutes, very good
With careers as similar as they are different, Syl and Jimmy Johnson team up for a tandem effort that stands better than many modern blues outings and the reason is longevity and focus, considering their combined 50-plus years in the business. Jimmy seems to handle the more focused blues titles here, including a smoldering reworking of Ashes In The Ashtray, which first appeared on his Delmark LP, Johnson's Whacks, better than 20 years ago. Syl takes the helm on the funkier, soul-infused tracks; If I Wuz White/ Dangerous/ Oprah/ Uncomplicated Life. The brothers split the vocal efforts well and both turn in sizzling guitar, especially on the closer, Bottoms Up, a gritty instrumental with both strutting their wares effectively. The backing chores are handled by the Syl Johnson Rhythm & Blues Band, a tight four-piece unit. Previously on British Evangeline label. (CR)

 
BESSIE JONES Rounder 11587 Put Your Hand On Your Hip And Let Your Backbone Slip CD $16.98
Wonderful collection of songs and games from St. Simmons Island in the Georgia Sea Islands combining two long out of print LPs by Bessie - "So Glad I'm Here" and "Step It Down".St. Simmons is one of the South Carolina and Georgia Seas Islands which stretch from Charleston to Northern Florida. African-American history and culture abounds in the area, kept alive by African-Americans who lived there after the Civil War. Includes 96 page booklet with all lyrics, notes, etc.

 
CURTIS JONES Delmark 605 Lonesome Bedroom Blues CD $11.98
13 tracks recorded in 1962 by this fine singer & piano player - includes two previously unissued alternate takes - Lonesome Bedroom Blues/ Highway 51/ Curtis Jones' Boogie Woogie/ Tin Pan Alley Blues/ Rolling The Blues, etc.

 
CURTIS JONES Document DOCD 5296 Complete Recorded Works, Vol 1 : 1937-1938 CD $15.98
23 tracks, 68 mins, very good
Curtis Jones was an excellent and distinctive singer and a very fine blues songwriter as well as a decent piano player. He was the originator of such songs Tin Pan Alley and Lonesome Bedroom Blues which have become blues standards. This is the first of four CDs presenting his recordings from 1937 through the early 50s. Curtis is accompanied on most of the tracks here by the solid, if unimaginative, Willie Bee James on guitar with drums, bass or washboard. One problem is that although Curtis's lyrics were nearly always interesting most of his tunes are identical and his music is best enjoyed half a dozen tracks at a time. (FS)
CURTIS JONES:  Bad Avenue Blues/ Blues (tk. 3)/ Blues And Trouble/ Blues And Trouble (tk. 1)/ Blues And Trouble (tk. 3)/ Bull And Cow Blues/ Decoration Day Blues (tak. 1)/ Down Dirty Shame/ Down In The Slums/ Drinking And/ Good Old Easy Street/ Highway 51 Blues/ It's A Low/ Let Me Be Your Playmate/ Little Jivin' Woman/ Lonesome Bedroom Blues/ Lonesome Bedroom Blues No. 2/ Love Season Blues/ My Baby's Getting Buggish/ Palace Blues (tk. 2)/ Palace Blues (tk. 4)/ Reckless Life/ Schoolmate Blues/ Thinking Blues/ You Got Good Business/ Yours All Alone

 
CURTIS JONES Document DOCD 5297 Complete Recorded Works, Vol 2 : 1938-1939 CD $15.98
25 tracks, 70 min., very good
Singer/songwriter/pianist Curtis Jones (1906-1971), with his high voice & lean piano, will always be remembered for his compositions, in particular the blues standards Tin Pan Alley (1941) and Lonesome Bedroom Blues'(1937). This CD, the second of 4 volumes, contains 22 sides plus 3 tracks accompanying Lillie Mae Kirkman (the same lady who recorded for Miracle Records (1948)). Until R. R. MacLeod's lyric books include this CD, you may not be aware that his lyrics have been used by other artists. For example, included on this CD is Mistakes In Life, a title John Lee Hooker would 1st "shadow" as Half A Stranger (Modern,'54), right down to imitating Curtis' quaint use of occasionally repeating the last one or two words in a chorus. Recorded at the tail end of a 1938 Chicago recording session (which also featured recordings by Jimmy McLain & Minnie Mathes), this amazing song features Mississippi-born guitarist Willie Bee James and blues bassist extraordinary Ransom Knowling (1912-1967), in one of his earliest recordings. Other highlights include Reefer Hound Blues (with an unknown steel guitarist) and Little Girl, Little Girl (again with early references to two more John Lee Hooker songs, Dimples & Cold Chills).  In 1962, in the wake of his Delmark album, he moved to Europe, never to return. His death in 1971 in Munich went unreported in the blues press and today his grave site at the Friedhof am Perlacher Forst cemetery no longer exists, being sold because no one paid for it's maintenance. (EL)
CURTIS JONES: Alley Bound Blues/ Black Gypsy Blues/ Blues In The Alley/ Blues In The Basement/ Down In The Gutter/ Good Whiskey/ Hattie Mae Blues/ Hot Dog Man/ I'm Fallin' For You Baby/ I'm Losing My Mind Over You/ I'm With You Again/ Little Girl, Little Girl/ Love I'm Without A Shelter/ Loving Blues/ Mistakes In Life/ Night Life Blues/ Pocket Book Blues/ Reefer Hound Blues/ Roll Me Mama/ Sad, Lonely And Crying Blues/ War Broke Out In Hell/ Who You're Hunchin'/ LILLIE MAE KIRKMAN: He's Just My Size/ Hop Head Blues/ When You Leave Me Honey

 
CURTIS JONES Document DOCD 5298 Complete Recorded Works, Vol 3 : 1939-1940 CD $15.98
CURTIS JONES: Blue And Lonesome/ Blue Memories/ Bosom Friend Blues/ Cradle Rockin Blues/ Day And Night Blues/ Down Town Blues/ Gold Digger Blues/ Heart Breaking Blues/ Heavy Hip Mama/ I Like The Way You Do/ I'm In The Mood For You/ Love In A Loving Way/ Love Land Blues/ Moonlight Lover Blues/ My Baby's Blues/ Private Talk Blues/ Solid Jive/ Sugar Bowl Blues/ Treat Me Like I Treat You/ Who You Lovin'/ LILLIE MAE KIRKMAN: It's A Hard Way To Travel/ What Evil Have I Done?

 
CURTIS JONES Document DOCD 5299 Complete Recorded Works, Vol 4 : 1941-1953 CD $15.98
ALFONCY HARRIS: Absent Freight Train Blues/ No Good Guy - Part II/ South Land Blues/ CURTIS JONES: Bed Side Blues/ Cool Playing Blues/ Don't Leave Me Baby/ Dream Land Blues/ Flamin' Blues/ Glamour And Glory Blues/ Her Love Will Get It/ It's A Solid Sender/ Itty Bitty Jitterbug/ Love Valley Blues/ Low Down Worried Blues/ Mean Old Blues/ My Baby Says She Loves Me/ Tin Pan Alley/ Too Many Blues/ Upside Down Blues/ Worryin' Away My Heart For You/ Wrong Blues

 
JOHNNY JONES Alligator 4717 Johnny Jones With Billy Boy Arnold CD $13.98
Jones is perhaps best known for his piano work on Elmore James' finest records. His own recording output was quite limited, which makes this, his only album, so welcome. Originally on a 1980 Alligator LP, this live set was recorded in 1963. Jones sings and tickles magic out of the cheap upright piano, while Arnold blows his harp and sings on Sloppy Drunk Blues and 3 others. Despite less than ideal recording circumstances, the music is wonderful, as the two masters make their way through songs like Lowell Fulson's I Believe I'll Give It Up and Big Maceo's Worried Life Blues. Risque numbers like The Dirty Dozens/ Love Her With A Feeling are great fun too. (JC)

 
JOHNNY JONES Black Magic 9036 I Was Raised On The Blues CD $16.98
11 tracks, 60 mins, highly recommended
Excellent set of electric blues from Nashville based singer/ guitarist Jones. Although he has been performing for nearly 50 years this is his first full length album - most of his previous work as been a sideman and session musician. He is an excellent singer with fine gospelly inflection and an exceptionally fine guitarist whose playing is dynamic, economical and features tight well thought out solos. The material is mostly new and among the highlights are the opening Chip Off The Old Block, the loping Galloping Dominoes and the hard driving instrumental Herb Stuffing . Solid production from Fred James who also leads the excellent band here. (FS)
JOHNNY JONES: Baptism Of Fire/ Can I Get An Amen/ Chip Off The Old Block/ Don't Throw Your LOve On Me So Strong/ Galloping Dominoes/ Groove Thing/ Herb Stuffing/ I Done That Already/ I was Raised On The Blues/ Mighty Low/ Sneaky Suspicion

 
JOHNNY JONES & CHARLES WALKER Crosscut 11066 In The House CD $16.98
12 tracks, 57 mins, highly recommended
Some superb contemporary blues featuring the reunion of two old friends who first worked together in Nashville in the late 50s. Walker is a fine singer who achieved a following in Europe in the 80s and made a number of albums. Jones is not as well known, but he should be, he is an excellent singer and one of the finest guitar players in the business with an expressive lyrical style that effortlessly combines fluidity and grittiness. His playing is endlessly inventive but always tasteful - perhaps not too surprising for a man who was Bobby Bland's guitarist for many years. The material is a mix of blues, R&B and soul and includes new material and carefully chosen covers. The duo are given excellent accompaniment by a solid band led by producer Fred James. The set was recorded live at the Lucerne Blues Festival in Switzerland but the sound has all the fullness of a studio recordings. (FS)

 
JOHNNY "YARD DOG" JONES Earwig 4937 Ain't Gonna Worry CD $14.98
13 Tracks, 57 min., very good Jones has been a fixture on the Detroit blues scene for more than two decades but this is his first release. At first listen it seemed like another blues CD with a band that can really play but with a singer who doesn't keep up with them. But with each listen, both the vocals and the band kept sounding better. Jones holds up his end of the bargain and the band really cooks. Johnny B. Moore handles most of the guitar playing (with some help from Jones who also plays harmonica), Detroit Junior plays piano while Bernard Reed on bass and Kenny smith on drums make up the rhythm section. A line in one of Jones' songs is "I ain't no hoochie coochie man but I get the job done" ........ guess I'd say "He ain't no Muddy Waters, but he gets the job done on this CD." (RS)

 
LUKE JONES/ DOC SAUSAGE Blue Moon BMCD 6012 Complete Recordings, 1946-49/ Complete 1940 Recordings CD $15.98
22 tracks from 1946-49 by Los Angeles alto sax player Jones with various bands including vocals by Red Mack, George Vann and Clarence Williams There are 4 tracks from the delightfully named Doctor Sausage.

 

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