Friday, February 4, 2011

I hope it breaks, soon...

Another of Jessie Hill's slightly strange 45s on the Downey label out of Los Angeles. Actually, what am I saying...all Jessie Hill recordings are a little strange. I'm surprised anyone outside of New Orleans ever gave him a chance to record.

Truly a man who was what he was. My impression is that Allen Toussaint literally gave up trying to control Hill during some of their sessions together. Now, I could be very wrong about that, but I can't think of a single other artist Mr. T worked with where he allowed "live" in-studio recordings to be released as is, with no overdubs....even including bits of studio chatter. For a known control-freak, that's awfully close to admitting total defeat.

I think the word I'm looking for is, irrepressible.

Hope ya'll enjoy....


  1. have only recently discovered the vast wealth of musical beauty that is your blog and i am blown away.most of the 45s are new to me(excello and sue the only la. labels i knew).thanks for the education and the opportunity to hear these great songs

  2. Thanks so much for the nice note Alontheroof. Glad you like the blog.

  3. All hail Trombone Shorty's grandpappy! All hail the mighty Ana-B!