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by Franz A. Matzner
The Talented Touch and Porgy and Bess reissues on one compact disc two albums originally recorded by pianist Hank Jones with two different groups in 1958. The album thus documents Jones' uniquely honed rhythmic sensibilities and insightful interpretive skill as he interacts with a range of musicians, including bassist Milt Jackson, guitarists Kenny Burrell and Barry Galbraith, as well as drummers Osie Johnson and Jones' brother, the legendary and recently departed Elvin Jones . While the first ...read more
by Charlie B. Dahan
With his recent passing, the career and importance of Earl King is an appropriate topic for examination. Earl King was born Earl Johnson. He was one of the important personalities of the distinctive New Orleans sound that was developed and recorded in the 1950’s, helping to define both rock and roll and R&B. Other artists of note from the Crescent City include Fats Domino, Lloyd Price, Little Richard, Bobby Charles, and Huey Piano" Smith.
Various independent record labels ...read more