- Released: September 9, 2003
- Label: Chess
- 1.Eisenhower Blues
- 2.Korea Blues
- 3.Mama Talk To Your Daughter
- 4.Sitting Down Thinking
- 5.Give Me One More Shot
- 6.Natural Man
- 7.Don't Dog Your Woman
- 8.Low Down Dirty Shame
- 9.If You Love Me
- 10.Don't Touch My Head
- 11.Mama, What About Your Daughter
- 12.When I Am Drinking
- 13.Five Years
- 14.Good Looking Woman
- 15.Voodoo Boogie
Personnel: J.B. Lenoir (vocals, guitar, bass); Baby Face Leroy Foster,
Robert Lockwood (guitar); Alex Atkins (alto saxophone); Ernest Cotton, Lorenzo Smith (tenor saxophone); Joe Montgomery, Sunnyland Slim (piano); Leonard Caston (organ); Willie Dixon (bass); Al Galvin, Alfred Wallace (drums).
Recorded between 1954 & 1958. Includes liner notes by Mary Katherine Aldin.
This is part of "Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues" series.
Personnel: J.B. Lenoir (vocals, guitar); Leroy Foster, Robert Lockwood, Jr. (guitar); Alex Atkins (alto saxophone); Ernest Cotton, Lorenzo Smith (tenor saxophone); Joe Montgomery, Sunnyland Slim (piano); Leonard Caston (organ); Al Galvin, Alfred Wallace (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Mary Katherine Aldin; Martin Scorsese.
Recording information: Chicago, IL (01/1951-03/1958).
Photographers: Peter Amft; Ray Flerlage; Brian Smith .
J.B. Lenoir is often overlooked by almost everyone except diehard blues fans. The television documentary series THE BLUES (which had a segment on Lenoir in the Wim Wenders-directed THE SOUL OF A MAN), and its companion CD release, sought to remedy that situation. Culling material from the early stage of Lenoir's career, MARTIN SCORSESE PRESENTS THE BLUES OF J.B. LENOIR focuses primarily on the singer/guitarist's work for Chess Records in the mid-to-late-1950s. Rooted firmly in the Chicago electric blues of the era, Lenoir's fluid, boogie-fueled rhythm guitar and stinging electric leads shine on mid-tempo grooves and slow jams alike.
Lenoir's high-pitched voice--his most distinctive trait--floats smoothly through some songs, then pinches and squeezes notes in others. As a songwriter too, Lenoir is notable. Cautionary tales like "Don't Dog Your Woman" and the comic "Don't Touch My Head" (about the singer's processed hair-do) are good fun, but it is Lenoir's political songs that leave the biggest impression. "Korea Blues" and "Eisenhower Blues" (a scathing indictment of that president's handling of the domestic economy) pack a punch that Lenoir wouldn't revive until his last records in the mid-'60s. This is a fine sampler of this underrated blues figure's 1950s work.