He often mumbled and slurred. He sang nearly everything in the same key. He sometimes went to sleep on the bandstand. Yet he was a singer who could rivet and mesmerize audiences with the power, authority, joy and anguish of his blues. Big Joe Turner from Kansas City was the very embodiment of the uncompromising blues shouter. Here he is joined by his contemporary Roy Eldridge, the trumpet giant of the swing era; Milt Jackson, the greatest vibraharpist in modern jazz; and a rhythm section headed by guitarist Pee Wee Crayton, a Turner sidekick of many years.
with J.D. Nicholson, Pee Wee Crayton, William Walker, Charles Randall