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#218: New Orleans Piano by Professor Longhair

5.21.2012


New Orleans Piano by Professor Longhair (1972)

Favorite Track(s): "In the Night" and "Tipitina" and "Ball the Wall" and "Who's Been Fooling You" and "She Walks Right In"

Thoughts: (Pre-Listening) Honest truth: I've never heard of Professor Longhair.  But he's a blues musician, so that probably explains it.  I'm may not be well-versed in blues, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy it.  I really hope I enjoy this.

(Post-Listening) This album was so danceable!  It felt more rock-a-billy than blues.  I really liked it!  It made me want to swing dance.  Hands down the most fun I've probably ever had listening to the blues! (If that's even what you can call it.)  To my untrained ears it seemed much more Jerry Lee Lewis/Little Richard than Muddy Waters/B.B. King.  The whole time I kept thinking of Hugh Laurie!  I associate him with blues music.  I just listened to his DID last night, and there wasn't any Professor Longhair.  But it turns out that Hugh covered "Tipitina", on his 2011 album, Let Them Talk.  So my unconscious wasn't too far off.

Is This Better Than The River?: Not to me, but very good.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hugh Laurie is coming to Portland the first weekend in June. Should be great! His special on OPB was great! Check it out if you haven't seen it. Better yet, come to PDX and see him personally!

MB