Monday, October 29, 2007

Now, when I tell you to hold it, I don't want you to move a thing

A rare French TV gem from the Sixties featuring the great "Champion" Jack Dupree (1910 - 1992), the embodiment of of the New Orleans blues and boogie woogie pianist, a true barrelhouse "professor" and a great showman to boot as these videos attest. The show is left in its entirety to preserve the period feel and to marvel at the level of culture back then compared to now. It's time for the Champ to sit in front of those 88 keys and display his amazing boogie woogie credentials on the first ever boogie woogie hit Pinteop Smith's "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie", what else? Check out the zany effect those rings make hitting those ebonies.

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