Among the great urban blues shouters, none had a more intimate relationship with jazz than Big Joe Turner. From his beginnings in Kansas City, Turner gravitated toward jazz artists like Pete Johnson and Count Basie. Later, he worked with Art Tatum, Joe Sullivan, and many others. In this 1974 album, which captures Turner’s powerful essence, he is joined by Roy Eldridge, Al Grey, Ray Brown, and two great New Orleans musicians, tenor saxophonist Lee Allen and drummer Earl Palmer. The title blues, with its explosive Eldridge opening and its trumpet and tenor obbligatos, is a fine demonstration of Turner’s empathy with jazzmen.
with Roy Eldridge, Al Grey, Lee Allen, Ray Brown, Jimmy Robins, Thomas Gadson, Earl Palmer