B.B. KING – Let the Good Times Roll- The Music of Louis Jordan

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In the twenty-five years since Louis Jordan’s death, it’s a real tragedy that his legacy as one of the founding fathers of rock ‘n’ roll is largely unknown outside those people in the musical profession. Mention Louis Jordan to most under-fifties and your likely to be met with blank expressions. That’s what makes this album a double treat. First, it helps to expose Jordan’s music to a wider audience. Second, these songs are a perfect match for B.B. King’s brand of electric blues.I’ve been listening to B.B. King for more than twenty years when for three dollars I could still find vinyl copies of his early Kent sides in the cutout bins in the discount stores, featuring classics like “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” and “Rock Me Baby.” King is a national treasure and well into his seventies he’s still recording some of the best albums of his career–Blues on the Bayou, Making Love Is Good For You, and Riding with the King (with Eric Clapton).This tribute to the music of Louis Jordan ranks right up there. Whether it’s taking on the lighter fare of “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” and “Caldonia” or the more serious blues of “I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town” and “Nobody Knows You When Your Down and Out,” B.B. King and band are stellar. The band featuures Dr. John on piano (and also shares vocals on “Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t (My Baby)”) and Dave “Fathead” Newman on tenor sax.

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