If you are reading this, you probably already know that Henry Butler is one of the greatest piano players around. He has mastered every style, but on this album, he sticks to straight New Orleans blues. What it lacks in diversity, though, it makes up for with soul, courtesy of the brilliant interaction between Butler and the late, great Snooks Eaglin in a stripped down setting. Snooks Eaglin was one of the towering giants of New Orleans music, with a distinctive guitar tone and a complete mastery of the sounds of New Orleans. He passed away recently, and while many of his recordings are outstanding, some of them are burdened by bands that are too large for their own good. This album, though, allows us to hear what happens when Snooks Eaglin and Henry Butler get together with very little accompaniment. The results are oustanding, and every bit as satisfying as Henry Butler's other collaboration with a guitarist in a stripped-down setting (Vu-Du Menz, with Corey Harris). That makes this album precious, not only for the quality of Butler's playing, but as an all-too-rare testimony to the greatness of the late Snooks Eaglin. If you like New Orleans blues, piano blues, or Snooks, this album is essential.