Muddy Waters: Hoochie Coochie Man
Hoochie Coochie Man
Muddy Waters (guitar, vocals)
Muddy Waters: The Chess Box (Chess MCA CHD3-80002)
Elgin Evans (drums).
Composed by Willie Dixon.
Recorded: Chicago, January 7, 1954
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