Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys: Basin Street Blues
Basin Street Blus
Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys
The Tiffany Transcriptions (Collectors' Choice 991)
Alex Brashear (trumpet), Louis Tierney (fiddle, tenor sax), Noel Boggs (steel guitar), Lester ‘Junior’ Barnard (electric guitar), Johnny Cuviello (drums) Billy Jack Wills (bass).
Composed by Spencer Williams.
Recorded: San Francisco, May 6, 1946
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
Bob Wills's syndicated radio show distributed by Tiffany Music in 1946-47 found his Texas Playboys tackling a wide range of material, encompassing country, jazz, blues and traditional songs. Here they deliver a carefree "Basin Street Blues" with a Dixieland sensibility. Tommy Duncan impresses with his conversational vocal delivery—was there was ever a more plainspoken jazz singer? Wills interrupts with his usual shtick, but can't dislodge Duncan's poker face. Louis Tierney, for his part, sets down his fiddle to fiddle with the sax and Alex Brashear offers up some credible New Orleans trumpet. But the highlight here is Noel Boggs's steel guitar, which sounds like it just came back from a luau. Is there a Basin Street in Honolulu? Put some pineapple on my po' boy, and please play that record one more time.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia