Personnel: Sunnyland Slim, King Curtis, Robert Banks, Leonard Gaskin, Belton Evans.
Recorded in September, 1960.
Personnel: Sunnyland Slim (vocals, piano); King Curtis (tenor saxophone); Robert Banks (organ); Belton Evans (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Phil DeLancie.
Liner Note Author: Nat Hentoff.
Recording information: Englewood Cliffs, NJ (09/15/1960).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Robert Banks; King Curtis; Leonard Gaskin; Ozzie Cadena; Belton Evans.
You wouldn't think that transporting one of Chicago's reigning piano patriarchs to Englewood Cliffs, NJ would produce such a fine album, but this 1960 set cooks from beginning to end. Sunnyland Slim's swinging New York rhythm section has no trouble following his bedrock piano, and the estimable King Curtis peels off diamond-hard tenor sax solos in the great Texas tradition that also mesh seamlessly. Slim runs through his standards -- "The Devil Is a Busy Man," "Shake It," "It's You Baby" -- in gorgeous stereo, and two unissued bonus cuts (including another of his best-known tunes, "Everytime I Get to Drinking") make the CD reissue of Slim's Shout even more appealing. ~ Bill Dahl