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Like many black American blues and R&B artists, New Orleans singer and pianist Champion Jack Dupree found more respect and recognition in Europe than he did in his homeland, and he relocated to Europe in 1959, only rarely returning to the U.S. He cut several albums there, including Champion Jack Dupree and His Blues Band, tracked in 1966. Mickey Baker, although from New Orleans is probably better known, mainly for the presence of Eric Clapton and John Mayall at the sessions. Throughout, listeners are treated to Dupree's thundering barrelhouse piano, his Emerald City vocals (always delivered, it seems, with a slight wink), like "Georgiana," a ballad in the Ray Charles mold. Seldom have the blues been delivered with more open-ended glee, and fans of this engaging artist will undoubtedly be pleased that this album is back in print.

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