Lonnie Johnson & Eddie Lang: A Handful of Riffs
A Handful of Riffs
Lonnie Johnson And Blind Willie Dunn (Eddie Lang)
Lonnie Johnson Vol. 4: 1928-1929 (Documents Records DOCD-5066)
Recorded: May 8, 1929
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