One of the most influential and original blues musicians, Lonnie Johnson virtually created the modern blues guitar style on his own, sending the music off in the direction it has subsequently taken. Combining elements of jazz into his technique meant that he blurred the boundaries between the two emerging musics during the '30s, later slipping out of music only to return as an elder statesman in the 1960s. This lavishly presented 4CD set takes in all of the recordings made between 1928 and 1952 that created a blues legend and also includes comprehensive liner notes and a full discography.
Proper Box UK
Proper Box UK
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Lonnie Johnson was a musical master. His guitar style is so clean and rythmic it is a standard that many try to reach, but few do reach it. If you have never heard Lonnie Johnson, you are are missing a large piece of the "musical pie". Lonnie Johnson covers sooooooo many bases, he has been, in my opinon over looked at times. Example...the blues, if you know/like/play or listen to the blues, Robert Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson (I & II), Charlie Patton and Son House are names you know well. Lonnie Johnson fit right in with them. But Lonnie Johnson was more....much more. Another example....jazz, do the name Louis Armstrong or Duke Ellington ring a bell? Both GIANTS of jazz, Lonnie fits right in, he played with both of them. But he played more than jazz. Lonnie Johnson maybe the best and maybe the first "crossover" musician. Can you picture Son House or Charlie Patten playing with Duke!
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Although to many, like myself, Lonnie Johnson's blues numbers are of primary interest--and to others his pioneering jazz instrumentals are of equal or greater interest--he also did ballads, duets, and hokum pieces.This four CD set provides examples of all of these types of music that Johnson was associated with, and how he excelled at all of them. Likewise, Johnson was an exceptional and highly influential guitarist, but also more than competent at his secondary instruments like the violin and the piano. While rightly centering on his guitar playing, this boxset also gives good examples of Johnson playing the violin, piano, and banjo. As such, it complements the comprehensive series of Document records CDs, and provides guidance to which discs from that series one might want to buy.
B.B King, Albert King, Clapton, Vaughn, Green and Taylor were all guitar playing heroes of our youth. Naturally, they were really great pickers, no doubt about that! But the way I see it, this man, Lonnie Johnson, was the first and the greatest guitar hero ever! For five decades he entertained and pleased people with his mellow, emotionally charged voice and his unrivalled guitar playing. From country blues to jazz - he was equally at ease with a vast variety of music. His playing was always technically impressive (sometimes nearly insurmountable), touchingly melodic and with an inexhaustible well of ideas. Some of his solo instrumentals are not really possible to redo, and his duos with Eddie Lang surely belong to the highest class of American music. If I were to take only one single item with me to a deserted island (hopefully the area would have electricity), this CD box would be the one!
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