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Recorded in Paris during the year 1968, Memphis Slim's Lord Have Mercy on Me belongs among his best work in the straightforward blues category. Supported by bassist Henri Tischitz and drummer Michel Denis, Slim lays down 12 studies in Southern-born and Chicago-bred blues, prefacing each track with a spoken title and usually including the take number. "San Juan Blues" operates over a New Orleans rhumba framework. "Three in One Boogie" is a glorious example of this worldly pianist's masterful boogie-woogie technique. The rest of the material either kicks a bit or settles down for a slow and reflective grind, gently grappling with the complexities of life, love, and human nature.


Born: 03 September 1915 in Memphis, TN

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

An amazingly prolific artist who brought a brisk air of urban sophistication to his frequently stunning presentation, John "Peter" Chatman -- better known as Memphis Slim -- assuredly ranks with the greatest blues pianists of all time. He was smart enough to take Big Bill Broonzy's early advice about developing a style to call his own to heart, instead of imitating that of his idol, Roosevelt Sykes. Soon enough, other 88s pounders were copying Slim rather than the other way around; his thundering...
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