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CD Review
Blues Calling - Solo Piano
Barrellhouse Chuck
Viola (2006) VR-04221
By Craig Ruskey
Jan 2007

 10 tracks, 25 minutes. Excellent. The one minor complaint to lodge with this otherwise solidBlues CD Cover Art and worthwhile disc is its short playing time as the 10 tracks here showcase the commanding piano work and wonderful vocals of Barrelhouse Chuck, alone and in top form covering Leroy Carr (Barrelhouse Woman/Ain't Got No Money Now/Six Cold Feet In The Ground), Little Brother Montgomery (I Keep On Drinking), Robert Nighthawk (Anna Lee), Pinetop Perkins (Gigolo) and top-shelf originals like Blues For Little Brother Montgomery, Iza Mae, She's Gone Blues, and Half Of A Pint Boogie (with help from Erwin Helfer). While the all-too-short 25 minutes pass quickly, there's little question as to what Barrelhouse Chuck has to offer blues fans - he's a respected master of a dwindling art - the evidence lies in his growing catalog.

 

 

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