When you get up in the morning, you must have a song - Ray Charles

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Introducing Carl Perkins

Can there be anything more tragic that the opening lines of the liner notes for this lp? "Carl Perkins was born in Indianapolis on August 16, 1928 and died unglamourously in March 1958 aged 29."
A revered sideman for Curtis Counce, Dexter Gordon, Art Pepper and Harold Land, this is his only recording in the classic trio format.
You know lots of people overcome lots of difficulties but this dude was stricken by polio - a disease unheard of these days - and still played the piano even though he had to keep his left arm parallel to the keyboard. Rather than let this hinder him, he used his elbow to strike bass notes that no one else could even fathom reaching.

Carl Perkins

1. Way Cross Town
2. You Don't Know What Love Is
3. The Lady Is A Tramp
4. Marblehead
5. Woody 'n You
6. Westside
7. Just friends
8. It Could Happen To You
9. Why Do I Care
10. Lilacs In The Rain
11. Carl's Blues

Boplicity 8

1984 reissue.
Credits in comments thanks to Mel

1 comment:

mel said...

Thanks for this share.

Introducing Carl Perkins - : Carl Perkins (p) Leroy Vinnegar (bass) Lawrence Marable (drums).

Recorded in Los Angeles, early 1956