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New Orleans Piano

Professor Longhair

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Album Review

All 16 of Professor Longhair's Atlantic sides from 1949 and 1953 (including a handful of alternate takes) are here on one glorious disc. Longhair's work for the label was famously marvelous — this version of "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" reeks of revelry in the streets of the French Quarter, "She Walks Right In" and "Walk Your Blues Away" ride a bedrock boogie, and "In the Night" bounces atop a parade-beat shuffle groove and hard-charging saxes.

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Slide on in

I don't know if PL created the slide piano style, but he sure gets it going here. This predates rock'n'roll by a few years but you should be able to recognize the influence on Fats Domino and Little Richard, perhaps Jerry Lee Lewis. It's a great collection, but it gets a little repetitive after listening to the whole album in one sitting.

Biography

Born: December 19, 1918 in Bogalusa, LA

Genre: Blues

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

Justly worshipped a decade and a half after his death as a founding father of New Orleans R&B, Roy "Professor Longhair" Byrd was nevertheless so down-and-out at one point in his long career that he was reduced to sweeping the floors...
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