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Wednesday 15 June 2011

T-Bone Walker - T-Bone Walker Sings The Blues

It's not my name written on the cover - I bought the LP 2nd hand many years ago!
Side 1:
1. Strollin' With Bone
2. You Don't Love Me
3. You Don't Understand
4. Say! Pretty Baby (Welcome Blues)
5. Tell Me What's The Reason
6. Blue Mood
7. Railroad Station Blues

Side 2:
1. The Sun Went Down
2. The Hustle Is On
3. Evil Hearted Woman
4. Cold Cold Feeling
5. I Got The Blues Again
6. Blues Is A Woman
7. Get These Blues Off Me

Ripped from vinyl at 320 kbps.

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After his successful spell with Black and White Records, T-Bone Walker’s next recording contract was with Imperial Records for whom he recorded between April 1950 and June 1954. This 1983 Pathe Marconi release of an LP originally released by Imperial in 1960 (with 12 tracks only) finds T-Bone at the very top of his game. The April 1950 session used his road band, that of Big Jim Wynn, as backing musicians.

With Eddie Davis on tenor sax and Big Jim Wynn on baritone sax, from the very first session T-Bone’s Imperial sides delivered a far greater punch than his Black and White recordings of 1946 – 1947. The rollicking opening instrumental “Strollin’ With Bone” sets the tone and then it’s straight into the blues with “You Don’t Love Me.” Try listening to this LP with your media player on cross fade and hoo boy are you in for one hell of a musical treat.

Subsequent Los Angeles sessions through to March 1952 used musicians from Big Jim Wynn’s band mixed with former T-Bone cohorts such as Willard McDaniel, Billy Hadnott and Oscar Lee Bradley, with Maxwell Davis coming in on tenor sax. In March 1952 T-Bone’s nephew R.S. Rankin came in on second guitar. The Imperial label had established a strong New Orleans connection in 1949 – 1950, most notably with Fats Domino and Smiley Lewis, and in March 1953 T-Bone travelled to the Crescent City to record with the top local session men such as Lee Allen and Herb Hardesty. This LP features one side from those sessions – “Railroad Station Blues.”

There were further recordings with the New Orleans gang through to November 1953. Meanwhile in October 1953 T-Bone recorded in Detroit with the T.J. Fowler band which also backed him in his final recordings for Imperial in June 1954.

So download, sit back and savour R&B at its best with these great, great recordings which are probably the last sides T-Bone recorded with the rhythm and blues market in mind. Ill health brought a temporary hiatus to T-Bone’s recording career. In 1955 through to 1957 he recorded intermittently for Atlantic. Most of the sides made their first appearance on the LP “T-Bone Blues.” T-Bone’s career picked up in the 60’s when he became part of the blues revival. His subsequent recordings were all for the LP market, his final sides being recorded in 1973. He died in March 1975 at the comparatively young age of 64.

1. Strollin' With Bone
2. You Don't Love Me
3. You Don't Understand
4. Say! Pretty Baby (Welcome Blues)
5. Tell Me What's The Reason
6. Blue Mood
7. Railroad Station Blues
8. The Sun Went Down
9. The Hustle Is On
10. Evil Hearted Woman
11. Cold Cold Feeling
12. I Got The Blues Again
13. Blues Is A Woman
14. Get These Blues Off Me

All sides recorded in Los Angeles, 1950 – 1952, except “Railroad Station Blues.” T-Bone Walker, guitar, vocal on all tracks with:

April 1950 sessions personnel:

Eddie Hutcherson (tp); Edward Hale (as); Eddie Davis (ts); Big Jim Wynn (ts and bs); Zell Kindred (p); Buddy Woodson (b); Robert “Snake” Sims (d):

“Strollin’ With Bone,” “The Sun Went Down,” “You Don’t Love Me,” were recorded on April 5th, 1950. “Travelin’ Blues” and “Evil Hearted Woman” were recorded on April 6th, 1950.

August 1951 sessions personnel:

Unidentified (tp); Edward Hale (as); Maxwell Davis (ts); Willard McDaniel (p); Billy Hadnott (b); Oscar Lee Bradley (d):

“You Don’t Understand” and “Welcome Blues” (aka “Say Pretty Baby) were recorded on August 15th, 1951. “Tell Me What’s The Reason” was recorded on August 20th, 1951.

March 1952 sessions personnel:

Unidentified (tp); Edward Hale (as); Maxwell Davis (ts); possibly Big Jim Wynn (bs); Willard McDaniel or Zell Kindred (p); Buddy Woodson (b); R.S. Rankin (g); Oscar Lee Bradley or Robert “Snake” Sims (d):

“Cold, Cold Feeling,” “Get These Blues Off Me,” “I Got The Blues Again,” “Blues Is a Woman,” and “Blue Mood” were recorded in March, 1952 (exact date unknown.)

The March 1953 session was recorded in New Orleans. Personnel:

Dave Bartholomew (t); Wendell Duconge (as); Lee Allen (ts); Herb Hardesty (bs); Walter Nelson (g); Frank Fields (b); Cornelius Coleman (d); unidentified (p) Baby Davis or Tiny Brown (vocal):

“Railroad Station Blues” was recorded on March 20th, 1953 in New Orleans.

Sources: Pete Welding – liner notes to “The Complete Imperial Recordings, 1950 – 1954."

Recommended purchase:

“T-Bone Walker – The Complete Imperial Recordings, 1950-1954” is a double CD set issued in 1991 in the EMI Blues Series. Compiled by Pete Welding. 52 brilliant tracks.


Anonymous said...

Boogie Woody, I haven't spent much time on the web lately, but wanted to let you know how much I've enjoyed the T-Bone Walker posts. I really appreciate all of this information on one of my fave artists. Thanks. Marie

boogiewoody said...

Many thanks for the comment, Marie - great to hear from you again.

The Jackal said...

Cheers Woodie, this material ties a few ends together, can't wait to hear lockjaw in this setting. Serious Band !

Baron said...

Thanks BW ... I love to see these Imperial lps ... now for the music ... Baron

E S said...

Is it really Lockjaw ? The notes above say just "Eddie Davis". Back in the late 1970s there was an amazing Tenor Sax player in L.A. named Eddie Davis, who was NOT Lockjaw, who had been in L.A. "forever"(now I assume that means that he was present during the Central Avenue heyday) He used to play weekends at a long gone Restaurant called "The Essex Arms" in Anaheim (near the border with Buena Park just off of Beach Blvd if I remember correctly). It was magical! Unfortunately, I was just a young adolescent with a fake ID just getting into the music and I didn't yet have enough sense to ask probing discographical questions. I don't live in L.A. anymore so I can't do any on location research on the subject. I imagine there is someone in the Jazz Musicology dept at UCLA that would know the answer to this question…

boogiewoody said...

I think you're right, ES. There was an LA based tenor sax player called Eddie Davis who was a different musician from Lockjaw. The LA Eddie Davis had a single released on Modern in 1946. Earlier in the 1940s he was in the Benny Carter and Andy Kirk Orchestras.

Lockjaw was mostly based in New York around the time the Big Jim Wynn band had Eddie Davis playing with them.

So it looks like I'd better get editing! Thanks, ES. Can anyone shed definitive light on the 2 tenor sax Eddie Davises?

chu said...

T-Bone Walker - T-Bone Walker Sings The Blues

There definitely was a West Coast tenorist named Eddie Davis, who was different from the more well-known Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis. The "West Coast" Eddie Davis played in Gerald Wilson's big band in the mid-40s and takes solos on its recordings. Reissues have sometimes erroneously listed this tenorist as Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, but it is obvious from the solos that it is a different player who doesn't sound like Lockjaw at all. Lockjaw sounded distinctly like himself already at this time.

As I remember it, it is however "Lockjaw" who played in Andy Kirk's band. Unless the other Davis also played with Kirk for a while!

boogiewoody said...

Phew! Thanks, Chu. I've had a look at the liner notes to the Chronological Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis 1946-1947.

According the notes, initially promoted by Benny Carter, Lockjaw played with the Cootie Williams band in 1944, then briefly with Lucky Millinder and Andy Kirk. In 1952 he was with Count Basie's new big band. Looks like I'll have to listen more carefully ...

boogiewoody said...

Been doing some more checking - Lockjaw is on the Affinity LPs of Cootie Williams and Lucky Millinder which were posted on the blog in August and September last year. According to the sleevenotes of the Millinder "Apollo Jump" LP, Lockjaw was on "Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well."