Personnel: Joe Turner (vocals), Freddie Greene (guitar), Seldon Powell (tenor saxophone), Paul Ricard, Jimmy Nottingham, Ernie Royal (trumpet), Lawrence Brown (trombone), Doug Watkins (bass), Charlie Persip, Cliff Leeman (drums).
Engineers: Tom Dowd, Phil Iehle (tracks 1-8, 10); Len Frank (track 9).
Recorded at Atlantic Studios, New York on September 9-10, 1959 and live at Carnegie Hall, New York on March 7, 1956. Originally released on Atlantic (1332). Includes original release liner notes by Paul Ackerman.
With the exception of one selection ("Pennies from Heaven") left over from his 1956 record The Boss of the Blue, the music on this album was all recorded in September 1959. Veteran blues singer Big Joe Turner returns to his roots, belting out blues and early standards while accompanied by an octet arranged by Ernie Wilkins. Among the key sidemen are the great tenor Coleman Hawkins, trombonist Vic Dickenson, trumpeter Paul Ricard and altoist Jerome Richardson; and the highlights include "Nobody in Mind," "Rebecca" and "Don't You Make Me High." An excellent outing for Turner, whose boisterous style would be largely unchanged over his half-century career. ~ Scott Yanow
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