Spiders on the Keys: Live At The Maple Leaf Bar
CAT # 11661-2119-2
1. Papa Was A Rascal 7:46 2. Sunny Side Of The Street 3:29 3. So Swell When You're Well 3:02 4. A Taste Of Honey 5:36 5. He's Got The Whole World In His Hands 2:27 6. Gonzo's Blue Dream 4:01 7. Eleanor Rigby 4:11 8. Malaguena 4:40 9. Piano Salad 5:43 10. Little Coquette 5:28 11. Besame Mucho 4:10 12. Tico Tico 4:43 13. Over The Rainbow 2:34
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Despite his impact on other New Orleans piano players and his ì overwhelming talent, there have been few James Booker recordings. ì The all-instrumental 'Spiders on the Keys' is cause for ì celebration. Here is pianist James Booker as his New Orleans ì fans knew him--passionate and dazzling; alternately extroverted ì or painfully lost in his own world. While much of the material ì on this album is new to Booker's recorded repertoire, even ì familiar songs like 'Junco Partner' and 'Irene Goodnight' are ì given radically different treatments than on any previous ì recording. Many of the songs, especially 'So Swell When You're ì Well' and 'Little Coquette,' are showcases for his astonishing ì left hand, with which he keeps a block chord rhythm and a ì syncopated bassline going at the same time, while his right hand ì explores other territory. Here, then, is what you might have ì heard if you got lucky and caught one of Booker's best Maple Leaf ì sets.
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