The 1958 masterwork album of Champion Jack Dupree
's long and prolific career. Cut in New York (in stereo!) with a blasting band that included saxist Pete Brown
and guitarist Larry Dale
, the Jerry Wexler
-produced Atlantic collection provides eloquent testimony to Dupree
's eternal place in the New Orleans blues and barrelhouse firmament. There's some decidedly down-in-the-alley subject matter -- "Can't Kick the Habit," "T.B. Blues," a revival of "Junker's Blues" -- along with the stomping "Nasty Boogie" and treatments of the ancient themes "Stack-O-Lee" and "Frankie & Johnny."