viernes, 31 de julio de 2009

·"The Boogie Woogie Man" - Albert Ammons

Albert Ammons (September 23, 1907 — December 2, 1949) was an American pianist. Ammons was a player of boogie-woogie, a bluesy jazz style that swept the United States from the late 1930s into the mid 1940s. Born Albert C. Ammons in Chicago, Illinois, his parents were pianists, and he had learned to play by the age of ten. He also played percussion in the drum and bugle corps as a teenager, and was soon performing with bands on the Chicago club scene. After World War I, he became interested in the blues, and learned by listening to Chicago pianists Hersal Thomas and the brothers Jimmy Yancey and Alonzo Yancey. In the early to mid 1920s, Ammons worked as a cab driver for the Silver Taxicab Company and continued to reside in Chicago. In 1924 he met a fellow taxi driver who also played piano, Meade Lux Lewis. Soon the two players began working as a team, performing at club parties. Ammons started his own band at the Club De Lisa in 1934, and remained at the club for the next two years. During that time he played with a five piece unit that included Guy Kelly, Dalbert Bright, Jimmy Hoskins, and Israel Crosby. Ammons also recorded as Albert Ammons's Rhythm Kings for Decca Records in 1936. The Rhythm Kings' version of "Swanee River Boogie" would sell a million copies. Despite this success, he moved from Chicago to New York, where he teamed up with another pianist, Pete Johnson. The two performed regularly at the Café Society, and were occasionally joined by Meade Lux Lewis, and performed with other noted jazz artists such as Benny Goodman and Harry James. In 1938, Ammons appeared at Carnegie Hall with Johnson and Lewis, an event that helped launch the boogie-woogie craze. Record producer Alfred Lion attended John H. Hammond's From Spirituals to Swing concert of December 23, 1938, which had introduced Ammons and Lewis. Two weeks later, he started the Blue Note Records by recording nine Ammons solos ("The Blues", "Boogie Woogie Stomp"), eight by Lewis, and a pair of duets, a one-day session in a rented studio. Recorded as a sideman with Sippie Wallace in the 1940s, Ammons even cut a session with his son, the tenor saxophonist, Gene Ammons. From 2007 on Albert's grand daughter Lila Ammons (a classical trained singer) found back to her roots and started touring with the german pianist Axel Zwingenberger. They even cut a CD "Lady sings the Boogie Woogie". Ammons played himself in the movie, Boogie-Woogie Dream (1944), with Lena Horne, and Pete Johnson. Although the boogie-woogie fad began to die down in 1945, following World War II, Ammons had no difficulty securing work. He continued to tour as a solo artist during this time, and between 1946 and 1949 recorded for Mercury Records, his last sides, with bassist Israel Crosby. Ammons's last triumph came when he played at President Harry S. Truman's inauguration in 1949, the same year as his own death. Ammons died in February 1949 in Chicago. He was interred at the Lincoln Cemetery, at Kedzie Avenue in Blue Island, Worth Township, Cook County, Illinois.

Photobucket Ammons.rar

01- Nagasaki
02- Boogie Woogie Stomp
03- Early Morning Blues
04- Boogie Woogie Prayer - Part 1
05- Boogie Woogie Prayer - Part 2
06- Shout for Joy
07- Chicago in Mind
08- Bass Goin' Crazy
09- Barrel House Boogie
10- Boogie Woogie Man
11- Walkin' the Boogie
12- 6th Avenue Express
13- Pine Creek Boogie
14- Foot Pedal Boogie
15- Movin' the Boogie
16- Swanne River Boogie

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