Big Joe Turner Tell Me Pretty Baby
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- Released: November 3, 1992
- Label: Arhoolie Records
Living Blues - Jan/Feb 93, pp.85-86"...as solid and swinging as anything ever recorded....unreservedly recommended if you like music at all, and especially if you like to party while you listen to it..."
- 1.Wine-O-Baby Boogie
- 2.B&O Blues
- 3.Rocket Boogie 88 (Part 1)
- 4.Old Piney Brown's Gone
- 5.Baby Won't You Marry Me
- 6.Skid Row Boogie
- 7.Christmas Date Boogie
- 8.Radar Blues
- 9.Tell Me Pretty Baby (Howd'ya Like Your Rollin' Done)
- 10.Rocket Boogie 88 (Part 2)
- 11.Trouble Blues
- 12.Half Tight Boogie
- 13.Mardi Gras Boogie
- 14.My Heart Belongs to You
- 15.So Many Women Blues
- 16.Messin' Around
- 17.I Don't Dig It
- 18.Rainy Weather Blues
- 19.Boogie Woogie Baby
- 20.Married Woman Blues
- 21.Feelin' So Sad
- 22.Moody Baby
- 23.Around the Clock Blues (Part 1)
- 24.Around the Clock Blues (Part 2)
Personnel includes: Big Joe Turner, Pete Johnson Orchestra.
Personnel: Big Joe Turner (vocals); Herman Burell Mitchell (guitar); Herman Mitchell (baritone guitar); Jewell L. Grant, Joe Grant (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Frank Sleet, Kirkland Bradford (alto saxophone); Pete Peterson , Maxwell Davis (tenor saxophone); Milburn Newman (baritone saxophone); James Ross , Art Farmer (trumpet); Pete Johnson (piano); Robert Brady, Jesse Sailes (drums, snare drum).
Recording information: 11/1947-??/1949.
Editor: Chris Strachwitz.
The late-1940s sessions presented on TELL ME PRETTY BABY feature blues belter Big Joe Turner cutting loose in an unabashedly caddish style, with most of the 24 tracks here focused on love or, more often, lust. Many of these tunes (particularly "So Many Women Blues" and both parts of "Around the Clock Blues") find Turner evoking Tex Avery's desire-crazed cartoon wolf, and this sort of bawdy playfulness only increases the album's charm. What makes the record so enjoyable musically is the simpatico interplay between Turner's powerfully deep voice and the lively piano lines of his longtime partner, Pete Johnson. Although the duo was capable of excellent blues-tinged jazz (see '56's THE BOSS OF THE BLUES), Turner and Johnson seem to be having more fun in this raucous boogie-woogie setting, as best revealed on the rollicking "Wine-O-Baby Blues," the swinging "Boogie Woogie Baby," and both parts of the wild "Rocket Boogie 88."
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