Lonnie Johnson & Eddie Lang: A Handful of Riffs

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A Handful of Riffs

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Lonnie Johnson And Blind Willie Dunn (Eddie Lang)

CD

Lonnie Johnson Vol. 4: 1928-1929 (Documents Records DOCD-5066)

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Musicians:

Lonnie Johnson (guitar), Eddie Lang (guitar).

Recorded: May 8, 1929

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Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Guitarist and blues pioneer Lonnie Johnson’s most significant partnership captured on discs during the jazz age was his series of duos with jazz guitar pioneer Eddie Lang. OKeh Records billed Lang on their records under the pseudonym “Blind Willie Dunn,” masking the fact that these sides were the product of integrated record sessions. However, as this performance aptly demonstrates, these two used the blues to forge a perfect musical bond: Lang’s time is flawless, and he provides the ideal backdrop for Johnson’s three-minute stream of improvised variations.

Reviewer: Cliff Preiss

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  • 1 Hollywood Joe // Sep 09, 2008 at 06:07 AM
    What can I say BUT he started it ALL.....none other than the late , great Lonnie Johnson the real big daddy of them all....the man who started the "lead" guitar phenomenon....!...Lonnie did a "NEW FANGLED" thing that got away from all the styles that had preceded him in that he actually created solos that were exciting, a bit blues....some country.....jazz for sure was his way of thinking....he even did recordings with Louie Armstrong..........Lonnie Johnson ALSO SANG with his beautiful melodic voice....that alone is different compared to anyone else at that time.....!....His duets with fellow guitarist Eddie Lang are what gypsy Django Reinhardt, bopper Charlie Christian, swinger Eddie Durham, stomper Oscar Aleman, blueser T-Bone Walker,master B.B. King and many, many more really all were influenced by.....it led up to .... Tal Farlow....Chuck Berry...Barney Kessel....Wes Montgomery....George Benson.....have alisten....you will hear where it all came from.....stay tuned.... Hollywood Joe http://www.hollywoodjoe.com