10 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On this brilliant 1975 solo recording, flamboyant New Orleans piano virtuoso James Booker embraces folk ("Goodnight Irene"), Tin Pan Alley ("On the Sunny Side of the Street"), jazz ("I'll Be Seeing You"), and New Orleans traditionalism ("Junco Partner") with rollicking legerdemain. Booker's endless embellishments suggest a new musical style entirely—call it "rococo and roll"—while his yodeling, growing, laughing vocals announce an eccentric genius at work.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On this brilliant 1975 solo recording, flamboyant New Orleans piano virtuoso James Booker embraces folk ("Goodnight Irene"), Tin Pan Alley ("On the Sunny Side of the Street"), jazz ("I'll Be Seeing You"), and New Orleans traditionalism ("Junco Partner") with rollicking legerdemain. Booker's endless embellishments suggest a new musical style entirely—call it "rococo and roll"—while his yodeling, growing, laughing vocals announce an eccentric genius at work.

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