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Have No Fear, Big Joe Turner Is Here

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Album Review

Producer Herb Abramson's first encounters with Big Joe Turner weren't at Atlantic, but for the National logo, where Turner paused from 1945 to 1947 and cut the 26 swinging numbers on this collection. For once, the CD format limits the amount of selections rather than enlarging it; the original two-LP version of this package boasted a few more cuts. Pete Johnson returns to run the 88s on the first seven numbers (including a two-part cover of Saunders King's "S.K. Blues"), and familiar names like saxman Wild Bill Moore and drummer Red Saunders also turn up. "Sally Zu-Zazz," "I Got Love for Sale," and "My Gal's a Jockey" capture the peerless shouter at his ribald best.

Biography

Born: 18 May 1911 in Kansas City, MO

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

The premier blues shouter of the postwar era, Big Joe Turner's roar could rattle the very foundation of any gin joint he sang within — and that's without a microphone. Turner was a resilient figure in the history of blues — he effortlessly spanned boogie-woogie,...
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