Boogie Woogie & Barrelhouse Piano Vol. 2 (1928-1930) – Full Album
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Boogie-Woogie & Barrelhouse Piano
Complete Recorded Works Vol. 2: 1928 1930
Featuring the recordings of:
James Boodle-It Wiggins, vocal / kazoo on 1; accompanied by Bob Call, piano. Bob Call, piano solo. Raymond Barrow, piano solo. James Boodle-It Wiggins, vocal / harmonica on 6; accompanied by Blind Leroy Garnett, piano. Blind Leroy Garnett, piano solo; with James Wiggins, speech on 7. Marie Griffin, vocal; accompanied by Blind Leroy Garnett, piano. James Boodle-It Wiggins, vocal accompanied by unknown, piano. Romeo Nelson, piano solo; Tampa Red, speech; Frankie Jaxon, female vocal interjections. Romeo Nelson, vocal / piano. Rudy Foster, vocal / piano. Piano Kid Edwards, vocal / piano; or: piano solo (23, 24)
Genres; Blues, Blues Piano, Country Blues, Boogie-Woogie, Boogie-Woogie Piano, Female Blues, Blues Harmonica, Piano Solo
Romeo Nelson & Much More
Abridged from this albums original booklet notes. As a result of his friendship with Tampa Red, Romeo Nelson recorded at a Tampa Red session in 1929. He probably accompanied Tampa on DYING MERCY BLUES and then performed his exciting HEAD RAG HOP, with its rent-party atmosphere, complete with scintillating treble runs over an insistent boogie bass. GETTIN DIRTY was a marvelous close cousin to the DOZENS and another obvious rent-party piece.
DYIN RIDER, by contrast, was a macabre Blues and 11.29, a jaunty version, oddly, of THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL. Romeo supported himself by playing piano and gambling until the rent-parties died out; then he settled to a regular job as a janitor and elevator operator for a publisher and even featured in their house journal in 1959!. Rudy Foster is unknown – arguments abound whether he accompanied himself (which seems likely) or whether Charlie Spand played piano for him (most unlikely) or some unknown pianist (not unlikely).
Heavy and inventive, Fosters are boogies typical of the Northern triangle – Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis – so could the invitation to four-five oh-six on CORN TRIMMER possibly refer to Chicagos 45th & State or is it too fanciful? Probably. The extremely rare Piano Kid Edwardss sides could hardly provide a bigger contrast; this explosion of ragtime and stride piano indicates a much earlier style but betrays not the slightest trace of his origins.
In much the same way Blind Leroy Garnett, James Wiggins accompanist on 12th October 1929 at least, belongs to that older school and whilst a brilliant ragtime pianist could hardly be considered a bluesman. Circumstantial evidence, a Blind Leroy remembered from Fort Worth or the title LOUISIANA GLIDE, suggests a Texas or Louisiana background. The heavy-voiced Wiggins (thought to be from Dallas) is of interest for the confusion surrounding his accompanists. In a pioneering article (BU 114, 1975) Hall & Noblett analysed his recordings and cast doubts on the accepted identifications. They accept Garnetts presence on MY LOVIN and WEARY HEART but doubt he plays on FORTY-FOUR BLUES.
Similarly they agree Bob Call as pianist on EVIL WOMAN but not necessarily KEEP A-KNOCKIN. For Wiggins’s last coupling CORINNE CORINNA and GOTTA SHAVE EM DRY, Charlie Spand had been suggested but no firm conclusions were drawn. Bob Call, identified on two unissued Wigginss sessions, raises other questions; can the pianist of 31 BLUES be the same Bob Call who after a gap of eighteen years crops up as a band pianist on records by Arbee Stidham, Big Bill Broonzy, Jazz Gillum, Robert Nighthawk and who under his own name made a couple of jump blues? It would seem so.
Call was known to have gone to school to learn to read music, presumably to expand his musical potential and moreover, the age seems right; his photograph from 1958 shows a man well into his fifties. Bob Call was shrewd enough to realise a change in style was necessary those that wouldnt change retired or disappeared, and left as few traces as when they arrived.Mike Rowe Copyright 1992 & 2008 Document Records