Sunday, February 5, 2012
Henry Brown - Henry Brown Blues
Henry Brown left Tennessee for St. Louis, MO, at the age of 12 and took up the piano while still in school. His playing style, an economical form of piano blues, was taught to him by a Deep Morgan Street blues player known to the public only as "Blackmouth." Brown later worked with St. Louis Jimmy Oden and trombonist Ike Rogers; with Rogers and guitarist Lawrence Casey, he formed a trio called the Biddle Street Boys. He recorded sides (often in tandem with Rogers) with Mary Johnson, among others, in between playing in clubs around St. Louis, where he lived most of his life and worked regularly right up through the mid-'70s.
Solo piano from St. Louis musician Henry Brown, recorded in 1960. 12 tracks. Apart from a few recordings of long ago Henry Brown has never had an opportunity before to express himself fully on record. A taciturn man he communicates more eloquently in his music than in his taut speech, as his moving playing on 'Got It and Cain't Quit It" or "My Blues Is In The Bottle' testifies. In 'Blues for Charlie O'Brien' he acknowledges his indebtedness to the interest of the detective and slyly jokes about the Police Squad. His inexorable left hand boogie figures are powerfully demonstrated in 'Scufflin' Boogie' whilst he plays 'Handyman Blues' to an unexpected tango rhythm. These and the remaining titles should help to bring Henry Brown the recognition he deserves as a blues pianist of the first importance.
original CD from sussex