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Tag: Pinetop Perkins

Wednesday, October 23rd

sounds of Chicago

Here’s another track I co-produced long ago, in a world without CDs, or MP3s, or Internet.

Pinetop Perkins (1913-2011), “Blues After Hours” (Living Chicago Blues, Vol. 2, Alligator Records, 1978)



art beat

Helen Levitt (1913-2009), New York, c. 1940


Friday, 11/23/12

Chicago: 1974 

“Muddy Waters Blues Summit in Chicago,”* Soundstage, 1974

*Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Pinetop Perkins, Koko Taylor, Mike Bloomfield, Johnny Winter, Dr. John, et al.

Saturday, 3/26/11

The notes are easy enough to replicate—the touch impossible.

Pinetop Perkins (piano, vocals), July 7, 1913-March 21, 2011

“Grindin’ Man” (with Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, harmonica), live, New Jersey (New Brunswick), 2008

Vodpod videos no longer available.


“How Long Blues,” live

Vodpod videos no longer available.



He was one of the last great Mississippi Bluesmen. He had such a distinctive voice, and he sure could play the piano. He will be missed not only by me, but by lovers of music all over the world.

B.B. King


If you don’t want to die, don’t be born.

Red Paden, owner of Red’s Blues Club, Clarksdale, Mississippi


my back pages

Many years ago I had the pleasure of working with him, co-producing his tracks on Living Chicago Blues, Vol. 2 (Alligator 1978). Warm, amiable, unassuming—he was easy to like.


listening room: what’s playing

• Ornette Coleman, Town Hall 1962

• Mos Def, The Ecstatic

Lupe Fiasco, Lasers

Steve Reich, Double Sextet, 2×5

Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green, Apex

Nneka, Concrete Jungle

Theo Parrish, Sound Sculptures, Vol. 1

Powerhouse Gospel On Independent Labels, 1946-1959

WFMU-FM: Sinner’s Crossroads (Kevin Nutt), Mudd Up! (DJ/rupture)

WKCR-FM: Bird Flight (Phil Schapp), Jazz Alternatives (various), Out To Lunch (various), Western Swing Festival (various)

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