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Album Review

Barrelhouse Blues and Boogie Woogie, Vol. 5 features pianist Champion Jack Dupree recorded in Denmark and Switzerland. Among the highlights are the Dupree-penned tracks "I Want to Settle Down," "When I'm Drinking," "Please, Don't Dog Your Woman," "I'm a Gamblin' Man," and "People Talk." The pianist also tackles tunes by Fats Waller, Memphis Slim, Eddie Boyd, Speckled Red and Sunnyland Slim. Storyville has released several other volumes in the Barrelhouse Blues and Boogie Woogie series that are of equally high quality.


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; when he shouted "Shake Baby Shake," the entire room had no choice but to acquiesce. Dupree was notoriously vague about his beginnings, claiming in some interviews that his parents died in a fire set by the Ku Klux Klan, at other times saying that...
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