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Big Joe Duskin – Big Joe Jumps Again!Big Joe Duskin – Big Joe Jumps Again!
{2004 | Yellow Dog Records}

Blues and boogie pianist Big Joe Duskin is one of the last of the blues’ Greatest Generation, the pioneering men and women who created the music in the years before World War II, blazing the path for every blues and blues-rock musician to follow.

It’s been over a decade since Duskin’s last studio recording Cincinnati Stomp in 1979. This release pairs Big Joe with stellar sidemen — Phillip Paul, drummer on over 350 sides for King Records, and bassist Ed Conley, also a King veteran, British rock guitarist Peter Frampton and William Lee Ellis. Recorded January 18, 2004 at Monfort Heights United Methodist Church, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Man, I really like piano blues.

The tracks are:
1. You’re Gonna Miss Me – now that’s the blues, piano, good shuffle and deep raspy vocals.
2. Every Day I Have the Blues (featuring Peter Frampton) – slow blues and of course Frampton guitar solos.
3. Get Out of My Way – vocals are reaping of emotion, piano blues and snare, an excellent tune.
4. Down the Road a Piece – Charlie Brown’esque piano bass line dominated over the vocals, the kind of song you’d find this in an old time juke joint.
5. Betty and Dupree (featuring William Lee Ellis) – some steel, some slide as an added bonus.
6. One Dirty Rat – a fast paced boogie woogie little ditty.
7. Mean & Strange – Vocal was raw, soulful journey through the Delta, this song woulda sound good over a whiskey jug, 5 gallon bucket, wouldn’t matter what the accompaniment was on this Joe Duskin original.
8. Key to the Highway (featuring Peter Frampton) – a phenomenal version.
9. Sloppy Drunk Blues – good song, good lyrics. A fun piano blues tune.
10. Beer Drinking Woman – Duskin adds plenty of mojo on this Memphis Slim song.
11. Black Mountain Blues (featuring Shawna Snyder) – deep nasally vocals that are kinda sexy in a sultry jazz way.
12. Miss Ida B. – old school, children pay attention you’ll something.
13. North to Alaska – Did John Denver do a song with same title? If so, this aint it. Vocals get down low and dirty with upbeat melody.
14. The Preacher and the Devil’s Music (narrative track) – it’s kinda cool to hear the old guy talk.
15. You’re Gonna Miss Me (part 2) – just like song number 1 but different. I liked both, either way, it’s a great song.
16. Just a Closer Walk with Thee – a short piano instrumental piece.

Big Joe Jumps Again! was not only nominated for "Comeback Blues Album of the Year" for the 26th W.C. Handy Blues Awards on Thursday May 5, 2005, I personally added my vote for this CD. I liked it, I really liked it a lot. It’s a great recording, a must have and vastly becoming a favorite of mine! Visit Yellow Dog {www.yellowdogrecords.com} for more information.

Rating 4.835, wow!

Buy this CD!

Ciao' for now, peace.
Peter 'Cornbread' Cohen, CBP
~ Cornbread@STLBlues.net ~

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