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Ben Waters - Boogie 4 Stu (Rare CD Album) NM

Ben Waters - Boogie 4 Stu (Rare CD Album) NM

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Until 1985 and his untimely death from a heart attack, Ian Stewart was Road Manager and keyboard player for the Rolling Stones, but he found time when not touring with the Stones to play Boogie-Woogie piano, appearing in clubs with long-standing friends such as Alexis Corner and Charlie Watts.
In the late seventies, Stu founded the Boogie Woogie band Rocket '88, with Charlie, Alexis and himself as core members and numerous other musicians joining-in when and as they could, and it is in Rocket 88 that this tribute album has its roots.
Ben Waters, the power behind this album, played with Rocket 88, and credits Stu with having willingly and generously taught him much of his own piano style.The mainstays of this album are Ben Waters (ten tracks), sax player Willy Garnet (six tracks) and, once again, Charlie Watts (also on six tracks). In the Rocket 88 tradition, many others contribute on at least one track, several of those others being names as well known as Jools Holland, P J Harvey and the individual Rolling Stones. Jools Holland plays piano on four tracks, Hammond organ on two more, and on Make me a Pallet on your Floor puts in a great blues vocal after the style of the Georgia bluesman Blind Willie McTell. P J Harvey, a cousin of Waters, has Lonely Avenue almost to herself, multi-tracking her voice and playing sax, which she says she learnt from Willy Garnet and others in the days when Rocket 88, including Stu, would sometimes stay in her family home.
Other slightly less obvious contributions of real value are Keith Richards' guitar on Rooming House Boogie, Ron Wood's on Worried Life Blues, Mick Jagger's harmonica on the long play-out of Watching the River Flow, and Jools Holland's Hammond organ on both of those last two tracks.
Perhaps Jools always wanted to play with the Rolling Stones. Then of course there are the sax and other horn players - ranking equally with the piano in Boogie-Woogie - and the incomparable Charlie Watts.
The sleeve notes tell us that Keith Richards said he has known only two people of whom he never heard a bad word - Stu and Charlie.Finally, on the last track, Bring it on Home to Me, Stu himself, playing with Rocket 88 at the 1984 Montreux Jazz Festival. It's a brave thing to tackle a tune closely associated with the Animals in their prime (that must also be said of track 3, Worried Life Blues), but Stu and fellow musicians pulled it off, and triumphantly round-off this very worthwhile album, on which there isn't one bad or uninteresting track.

Track Listings

1 Boogie Woogie Stomp
2 Roomin' House Boogie
3 Worried Life Blues
4 Boogie for Stu
5 Make Me a Pallet
6 Midnight Blues
7 Lonely Avenue
8 Watching the River Flow
9 Roll 'Em Pete
10 Suitcase Blues
11 Bring It On Home

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