Muddy Waters: Hoochie Coochie Man

Track

Hoochie Coochie Man

Artist

Muddy Waters (guitar, vocals)

CD

Muddy Waters: The Chess Box (Chess MCA CHD3-80002)

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Musicians:

Muddy Waters (guitar, vocals), Little Walter (harmonica), Otis Spann (piano), Jimmy Rogers (guitar), Willie Dixon (bass),

Elgin Evans (drums)

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Composed by Willie Dixon

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Recorded: Chicago, January 7, 1954

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Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

You might say that for Muddy Waters 1954 came in with a wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am, as bassist Willie Dixon and great blues pianist Otis Spann joined the team. Spann, sometimes identified as Muddy's "cousin" and certainly his musical doppelganger, brought new sophistication to the arrangements or at least the piano parts, and Dixon slathered a potent, inventive sexuality onto music and lyrics "I'm Ready," "I Just Want to Make Love to You" and this Coochie classic all recorded in the first few months alone. (Muddy too was juiced, cribbing and fiddling "Mannish Boy" away from Bo Diddley's "I'm a Man" original.) Plus two solid years more of the best of Little Walter's jazz-influenced chromatic harp, up in the mix and heard to powerful effect on every recording. No wonder everybody knew Muddy was here!

Reviewer: Ed Leimbacher

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