T-Bone Blues (Atlantic, 1959) — T-Bone Walker

T-Bone Walker is best remembered as the father of electric blues guitar, the icon who paved the way for B.B. King, Albert King, Otis Rush, and the rest. His work on his 1959 Atlantic LP T-Bone Blues left no doubt that he was a guitar master, but in his liner notes on the original release, famed critic Ralph J. Gleason wrote: But it is as a blues singer that T-Bone will be remembered. As a vocalist and as a guitarist, Walker was at a peak on this beautifully recorded album, which was compiled from an April 21, 1955, Chicago session (where the band included Junior Wells and Jimmy Rogers) and Los Angeles dates from December 14, 1956, and December 27, 1957. Joining him in L.A. were sidemen such as Lloyd Glenn, jazz guitar legend Barney Kessel, and Walker’s nephew R.S. Rankin Jr., aka T-Bone Walker Jr. Walkers reprised some of his classics like ‘Call It Stormy Monday’ and ‘Mean Old World’ and let the sparks fly when jamming with Kessel and Rankin. A 1990 CD release added four tracks to the 11 original LP cuts, including ‘Why Not’ from the Chicago session, a predecessor to the blues classic that Jimmy Rogers recorded the following year as ‘Walking By Myself.’

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