Boogaloo Ames “Going Down Slow”

Boogaloo Ames. Going Down Slow

    Artista / Grupo: Boogaloo Ames

    Álbum: “Going Down Slow"

    Discográfica: Wolf Records

    Año publicación: 2022

    Fecha crítica: 02/2023

    Valoración: ESSENTIAL

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Unfortunately, barrelhouse piano style is nowadays out of fashion and practically off the grid. There are great jazz, blues and boogie-woogie piano players, but it is very difficult to find some of them who follow the path of Speckled Red, Cripple Clarence Lofton, Robert Shaw, Booker T. Laury, Montana Taylor or Curtis Jones to name a few representatives of that particular style.

Austrian record label Wolf Records has rescued one of those genuine exponents of the way blues was performed in juke-joints who, in his time, got a remarkable popularity among his southern fellows, but not as much among white blues fans. His name was Abie “Boogaloo” Ames. He was born in Cruger, Mississippi on May 23, 1918 or on May 6, 1921, although census documents say he was born in Georgia around 1920. When he was a teenager, he moved to Detroit with his family where he began a fruitful career, not only as barrelhouse piano player but also as a tasteful jazz and rhythm & blues performer, playing with T-Model Ford, Willie Foster, Sam Carr and even with Nat King Cole and Erroll Garner, also doing countless tours with Eden Brent. At the end of his life, he received some awards and recognitions and he passed away on February 4, 2002 in Greenville.

Few Boogaloo Ames’ recordings were known until the release of this album by Wolf Records. Thanks to their researching work, they have been able to find twelve songs belonging to a recording session held in August 1998, from which only two songs were previously released. Along the twelve songs Abie gives us a repertoire of the most classic blues, rhythm & blues and some jazz standards, where his voice and piano sound really warm and full of an intense feeling. Twenty years after his death, this dark but at the same time genuine and great piano player, can now be discovered and tasted by actual blues lovers.