January 10th | Posted by: NMJ
When we last met Big Joe Turner he was a Blues Shouter trying his hand at Boogie Woogie, supported by Pete Johnson on piano (see ABON 0138). But in the years since 1938 he’d moved on from Boogie Woogie to the 1940s craze of Jump Blues – an up tempo form of Blues built for dancing and played by bands with brass sections. And so had Pete Johnson, his piano-playing partner in crime, who had seamlessly switched from Boogie Woogie piano-accompanist to leader of the Jump Blues band that Big Joe usually sang with.
But by 1950 Big Joe and Pete’s partnership had run its 13-year course. Big Joe signed solo to Atlantic Records and started the third stage of his long career - as a Rock’n'Roller. Albeit a Rock’n'Roller who was still at heart a Blues Shouter and who shouted his own particular version of R’n'R that very firmly still had at least one foot in Jump Blues.