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Big Leon Brooks Discography of CDs


Let's Go to Town Let's Go to Town CD (1983) 5 stars
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Big Leon Brooks music CDs There is such joy and power to the music heard on this CD that it is difficult to believe that Big Leon Brooks passed away before the record was released. This is a reissue of an LP from the B.O.B. label and it features Brooks at his best. One of the top blues harmonica players based in Chicago in the '50s, Brooks had drug problems and quit the music business altogether in 1957. Nineteen years later quite by accident he returned to playing blues and he was busy for a few years before heart problems caused him to scale back before his death. On Let's Go to Town his gruff vocals are effective and the backup musicians (which are usually guitarist Louis Myers, bassist Bob Stroger and drummer Odie Payne, Jr.) are perfect for this mixture of blues and jump tunes, and the set has plenty of variety in the blues idiom. This is a perfect last testament for Big Leon Brooks, a great if underrated bluesman. ~ Scott Yanow "The late Big Leon Brooks was one of the unsung harmonica greats of Chicgo blues. It's sad and ironic that he passed away before he was able to enjoy the rave reviews he will no doubt receive for this album. In addition to playing soulful, wailing harp, Brooks proves here that he was a fine songwriter, bandleader, and vocalist as well. His shouting style cut through the gutsy backing of an all-star cast of blues players. Some might argue that Brooks was imitating Little Walter and others of greater renown, but there's no denying that he was a talent in his own right. - Goldmine Big Leon Brooks' story is sad but typical of the blues. Brooks ...
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Living Chicago Blues, Vol. 4 Living Chicago Blues, Vol. 4 CD (1980)
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Big Leon Brooks CD discography Big Leon Brooks' Blues Harp Band: Big Leon Brooks (harmonica, vocals), Louis Myers (guitar), and Joe Willie "Pintop" Perkins (piano), Freddie DIxon (bass) and Odie Payne Jr. (drums). Not quite as strong, although witty pianist Detroit Jr and guitarist Andrew Brown contribute strong tracks. ~ Bill Dahl Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson: Luther Johnson Jr. ...

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Big Leon Brooks Songs

Popular or famous Big Leon Brooks music songs: Please Mr. Catfish, Chromatic Stomp, My Life Ain't the Same, Let's Go To Town, Tell Me Baby, Side Walk. More music songs Country Boy, Young Girl, Hurry Up Joe, Sugar Mama, Miss Mary Ann, Blues Today, Crying Over You, You Hurt Me So, Love Me Baby. More music songs Thirteen Years In Prison, Blues For a Real Man. See All Songs

Big Leon Brooks albums Key Personnel

Member NameWorked With
Odie Payne Jr.
Bob StrogerOtis Rush, Eddy Clearwater, Pinetop Perkins, Snooky Pryor, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, James Wheeler, Carey Bell, Big Wheeler
Luther "Guitar Junior" JohnsonMuddy Waters, Otis Spann, Pinetop Perkins, Ronnie Earl, Luther Snake Boy Johnson, Nighthawks, Jimmy Johnson, Luther "Houserocker" Johnson
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