Sunday, April 21, 2013

Memphis Slim And Willie Dixon - Aux Trois Mailletz

In 1962, the legendary blues pianist Memphis Slim left America for good and settled in Paris. That same year, he began a regular gig at a club called the Trois Mailletz, a job he was to hold until 1973. This LP was recorded in his first month at the club, during a visit from his old friend Willie Dixon, the great blues songwriter and bassist. The atmosphere that night was genial and relaxed as the two men traded songs back and forth. While their singing never reached the passion of the earlier records from the 1940s and '50s, Memphis Slim's hard-driving piano and Dixon's thumping bass made up for the lack of vocal fire. Most of the songs tend to be on the obscure side, but even minor efforts like "Pigalle Love," a sly ode to a woman who works in the notorious Paris red-light district, have an undeniable charm. Aux Trois Mailletz is not the best work from either man, but it does offer a glimpse of two blues giants playing some fine songs and enjoying each other's company. (Amazon)
Has been re-released on CD.


1 comment:

roberth said...

thank you for all the great blues.
i am currently on memphis slim kick
and this is delightful