Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Leon Russell - 1971

aka Claude Russell Bridges. I gotta break my "two or less" video rule for this.  We sometimes forget how fine a pianist Russell is. I have an early LP with a short haired Leon Russell playing old standards, recorded at the time he was a session pianist, even backing Frank Sinatra for a while. For those of you who keep track of such things, the cool old black dude is Furry Lewis. I don't know who the cook is.




If more records were made this way, we'd be listening to better music.

3 comments:

Johann Rissik said...

Once again, you kick-started my day, thank you. For a cycling blog, you do the music section rather well ;)

reverend dick said...

I have a fondness for the Leon Russell.

Anonymous said...

I always loved big gals who weren't afraid to work it....but man..where could she be now? And talk about stoned. Ain't that the semi-legendary Merry Clayton on background vocals there? And what I wouldn't pay for a vintage Gibson Explorer like that one...they had a great sound. Johnny Winter's guitar-of-choice.
My retirement goals include learning how to play some New Orleans-style piano licks. Leon was/is awesome.

Best,

Rick Moffat