Professor Longhair - Live In Chicago

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Live In Chicago is a live album by American rhythm & blues singer and pianist Professor Longhair, released in April 2016 via Orleans Records.

Forty years ago on 1st February 1976, New Orleans blues pianist, Professor Longhair, played an electrifying set at the University of Chicago Folk Festival, which was also broadcast on WFMT-FM Chicago.

Remastered from the original analogue tapes by Orleans Records label runner, Carlo Ditta, and guitarist on the performance, Billy Gregory, that long lost live document finally sees the light of day. Call it boogie-woogie, R&B or whatever you like, Live In Chicago embodies rock 'n' roll.

Backed by guitarists Gregory and Will Harvey, bassist Julius Farmer and Earl Gordon on drums, "Fess" fully emerges as the full powerhouse of his mythology. They open with "Doin' It", a rollicking instrumental number that warms them up for an exuberant rendition of one of his more popular tunes, the Earl King-penned "Big Chief”.

Things slow down only a tad for "Every Day I Have the Blues”, featuring some absolutely astounding lead guitar from Gregory, before the Professor's piano takes on a life of its own on "Mess Around". "Mardi Gras In New Orleans," which Longhair first recorded in 1949 with his band, The Shuffling Hungarians, shuffles with smiling confidence, while an explosive, rave-up version of "Got My Mojo Working" shows the band at their finest. It ends with "Fess's Boogie", another instrumental to cool down from the energy of the previous songs.

Professor Longhair influenced everyone from Fats Domino to Allen Toussaint to Dr. John. Hearing this it's not hard to imagine why. This recording was by Professor Longhair (piano, vocals & whistling), Billy Gregory (lead guitar), Will Harvey (rhythm guitar), Julius Farmer (bass) and Earl Gordon (drums).

This album is on black vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve, pressed in the US via Orleans Records.

(723265291517)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Intro

0:20

A2

Doin' It

4:55

A3

Big Chief

3:49

A4

Every Day I Have The Blues

4:49

B1

Mess Around

4:53

B2

Mardi Gras In New Orleans

3:01

B3

Got My Mojo Working

4:36

B4

Fess's Boogie

2:49

SKU 723265291517
Record Label Orleans Records
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number ORL2915
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 15 April 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 15 April 2016
Barcode # 723265291517
Shipping Weight 0.3000kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000985960m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Funk & Soul
Format VINYL LP

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