In early 1956, Big Joe Turner took a break from his duties as one of the stars of the emerging music called rock & roll to hook up with an eight-piece band--including his longtime cohort, boogie-woogie pianist Pete Johnson--to make an album of the Kansas City jazz he'd helped advance as a blues shouter in the '30s. Most of the material on The Boss of the Blues
is from the Turner-Johnson songbook, with "Roll 'Em Pete," "Cherry Red," and "Piney Brown Blues" among the bedrock pieces of the form. Their treatment here is vigorous and swinging, but the best cut may be a long, blowzy version of "Wee Baby Blues" that sounds as much at home in today's late-night bars as Turner's work did in those of the era in which it was made. --Rickey Wright
Newly remastered stereo version of the great 1956 classic album with was the greatest blues album of all time! Big Joe Turner is reunited with Boogie pianist Pete Johnson and also featured is the great Ellingtonian trombonist Lawrence Brown. Plus 11 bonus tracks from 1955/56 originally produced for the hit parade and jukebox market. Tracks 1-11 - Joe Turner Sings Kansas City Blues New York, March 1956 Tracks 12-14 - Joe Turner accompanied by Jesse Stone Orchestra New York January 1955 Tracks 15-16 Big Joe Turner acc by 'Piano Man' Walls' Orchestra New York November 1955 Tracks 17-19 Joe Turner and his All Stars New York February 1956 Tracks 20-22 Big Joe Turner and his Blues Kings New York November 1956.