Otis Spann Is The Blues (LP)
Pure Pleasure Analogue Re-Mastering on 180 gm vinyl
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Otis Spann Is The Blues
"Otis Spann Is The Blues" - Otis Spann (p, voc); Robert Lockwood Jr. (g, voc)
Another absolute gem from Alan Bates’s Candid label this must be probably Otis Spann's finest piece of work on wax.
He may not have been THE blues, but he was sure close to being THE blues pianist. Spann provided wonderful, imaginative, tasty piano solos and better-than-average vocals, and was arguably the best player whose style was more restrained than animated. Not that he couldn't rock the house, but Spann's forte was making you think as well as making you dance.
Recording: August 1960 at Fine Recording Studios, New York, USA, by George Piros
Production: Nat Hentoff