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Blues from the Gutter

Champion Jack Dupree

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Long out-of-print, this recently reissued 1958 session is a must for blues piano hounds. Recorded in New York City under the watch of famed Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler, the New Orleans barrelhouse pianist is in peak form supported by a crack band featuring saxophonis Pete Brown. The title is fed by Dupree's song choices, which include the down 'n' dirty after hours numbers "Junker's Blues" and "Can't Kick the Habit," as well as the classic murder ballads "Stack-O-Lee" and "Frankie & Johnny." They're served well by Dupree's strong, declarative voice, but the heart of the music's literally in Dupree's hands. The propulsive grooves of his left and the deft rolls and improvised filigrees of his right, which still echo in the playing of today's finest blues keyboardists.

Customer Reviews

The Best Blues / Boogie Woogie New Orleans Album Ever!!!!

I don't really know why it took me so long to hear this album - i bought 1 track Frankie & Johnny just out of intrest as i was curious having read about Champion Jack in the Mojo magazine and just could not believe how good it was which prompted me to buy the album.
The album was then constantly on my ipod & still is - this a blues boogie mans ... blues boogie mans mans album and i have since discovered instrumental in the formation of the worlds greatest Rock N Roll band the Rolling Stones - as this was the album that switched Brian Jones onto the blues ... therefore no Champion Jack Dupree's - Blues From The Gutter - no Rollling Stones...
Enough of the history lesson - though this albums strengths lie in the great production - making it sound live & spontaneous. The gritty themes & fantastic muscianship making it swing like very few blues albums can - in fact if you are into authentic blues music and or boogie woogie - superlatives just won't do this justice - you just need to know that Atlantic Records (Ahmet Ertgun & Jerry Wexler were the 2 hippest music industry dudes in the 50's) took the time to record it in 1958...
A few great facts about Champion Jack - brought up in the same New Orleans Orphanage as Louis Armstrong - his knickname is a result of being a Champion boxer in his youth & when he left the States in the mid 60's he came to play in Britain & then settled in Halifax in Yorkshire ... if you love the blues & you have to buy an album this is the one... if you only want a few tracks why not buy Junkers Blues, Frankie & Johnnie, Nasty Boogie or Stack O Lee - enjoy!!!


The greatest of blues albums, it will bring on tears of wonder if you have a soul.


Born: 23 July 1909 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

A formidable contender in the ring before he shifted his focus to pounding the piano instead, Champion Jack Dupree often injected his lyrics with a rowdy sense of down-home humor. But there was nothing lighthearted about his rock-solid way with a boogie;...
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Blues from the Gutter, Champion Jack Dupree
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  • £7.90
  • Genres: Blues, Music, Delta Blues, Jazz
  • Released: 1958

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