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Long out-of-print, this recently reissued 1958 session is a must for blues piano hounds. Recorded in New York City under the watch of famed Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler, the New Orleans barrelhouse pianist is in peak form supported by a crack band featuring saxophonis Pete Brown. The title is fed by Dupree's song choices, which include the down 'n' dirty after hours numbers "Junker's Blues" and "Can't Kick the Habit," as well as the classic murder ballads "Stack-O-Lee" and "Frankie & Johnny." They're served well by Dupree's strong, declarative voice, but the heart of the music's literally in Dupree's hands. The propulsive grooves of his left and the deft rolls and improvised filigrees of his right, which still echo in the playing of today's finest blues keyboardists.

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Blues From the Gutter

I found this album back in the late '60's. It has been the best blues I have heard to this day. If you love Champion Jack, you must have this album. Nasty Boogie Woogie and Evil Woman are classics. I was thrilled I could find it. There is not a so-so song on this album

The title describes it best

Champion Jack's New Orleans sensibilities recorded in New York w/ a great session band that in no way detract from the validity of the album's title.
'Bad Blood', 'Junker Blues', 'Can't Kick This Habit' are about drug use; 'T.B. Blues' & 'Going Down Slow' are about failing health; 'Frankie & Johnnie' & 'Stag O'Lee' are murder ballads & just to keep it firmly in the gutter, 'Evil Woman' & 'Nasty Boogie Woogie' cover all other angles.
Champion Jack's playing is great, Guitar Murphy's git has some bite & the studio chatter while jamming on some tracks confirms that Champion Jack lived the songs he sang.
One of the greatest blues albums ever.


Born: July 23, 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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Blues from the Gutter, Champion Jack Dupree
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Blues, Music, Delta Blues, Jazz
  • Released: 1958

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