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Chicago Blues: Boogie Woogie and Blues Played and Sung By Memphis Slim

Chicago Blues: Boogie Woogie and Blues Played and Sung By Memphis Slim

The music on this recording is at once far-reaching and intimate. It has a quality enjoyed well beyond contemporary fans of this style of music, and yet this recording gives the listener the sense of being privy to a very precise moment in music history with Memphis Slim (1915—1988) as he plays piano.

Slim (born Peter Chatman) grew up listening to his father perform blues in various venues in Memphis, Tennessee. He started performing around town at a young age before moving to Chicago at 25.

He is accompanied on this album- the third of his four recordings for Folkways Records - by Arnold “Jump” Jackson (drums) and Arbee Stidham (guitar). The liner notes feature a biography of Slim by music critic Martin Williams.

Track Listing

101
Boogie Woogie Piano Styles Memphis Slim 5:39
102
Alberta Memphis Slim 4:07
103
Scandinavian Boogie Memphis Slim 3:12
104
Between Midnight and Dawn Memphis Slim 0:31
105
46th Street Boogie (Fast Boogie) Memphis Slim 2:47
201
The Big Race Memphis Slim 5:51
202
Chicago Rent Party Memphis Slim 3:54
203
Down South Memphis Slim 7:16

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