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Album Review

With his smooth voice and measured piano style, Ivory Joe Hunter's moderate R&B sound was perfect for bridging the line between that genre and early rock & roll, and while he is best remembered for his bluesy ballad style, he could amp things up on occasion, as well. This set is a little too scattered to really be a good introduction to Hunter, although it has some nice moments, including the opening medley of "I Almost Lost My Mind" and "Empty Arms," and the interesting "The Cold Gray Light of Dawn," which shows how much straight country Hunter subtly wove into his singing style.

Biography

Born: 10 October 1914 in Kirbyville, TX

Genre: Blues

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

Bespectacled and velvet-smooth in the vocal department, pianist Ivory Joe Hunter appeared too much mild-mannered to be a rock & roller. But when the rebellious music first crashed the American consciousness in the mid-'50s, there was Ivory Joe, deftly delivering...
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