Legendary New Orleans pianist and songman James Booker only released two studio albums in his lifetime. His second and last studio effort, Classified, has recently been remastered and remixed for reissue, and it speaks to his wild talent and chaotic life, a sublime R&B record that prompts the question where else his dazzlingly skill might have taken him had things turned out differently.
Ancient AD. We originally featured the following 1978 live recording (captured at the Montreux Jazz Festival) back in October of 2005. We’ve collected a number of live documents from this New Orleans piano master — Live at Montreux is by far the most spirited. Pearls on black velvet, the set is essential listening for Booker acolytes and New Orleans piano disciples alike. Ten tracks, all very raw arrangements with Booker backed by a loose, electric pick-up band that full-on swings.
Happy Halloween and welcome to the October edition of the Transmissions podcast. Hope you enjoyed our bonus podcast episode, featuring AD’s Halloween mix. If you haven’t heard it, check your […]
One night in 1973, pianist James Booker and his band, freshly seasoned from recent shows at the nearby club Dirty Pierre’s, sauntered into Paramount Recording Studios in Hollywood. It was […]
In July of 1978, James Carroll Booker III sat down at a grand piano in a large concert hall in Montreux, Switzerland and played “True.” The video of this performance is spellbinding, if not […]
Spiders on keys, indeed. I’m heading to Zurich in the morning to catch a train to the jazz festival in Montreux, Switzerland — something akin to a pilgrimage to mecca. I was first hipped to […]
Staying on this James Booker tip for a minute, this BBC session is very much worth digging into. Broken into two parts, the interview/performance was recorded in 1978 for the BBC while Booker was in […]
Ahoy there. I featured this rare 1978 live recording, from the Montreux Jazz Festival , on AD in October of 2005 as part of the original Live Upload Series. I suspect a good […]