Williams' heavy vibrato adds to the mournful theme of "St. James Infirmary" along with Helfer's moving accompaniment. They turn boisterous in their jaunty take of Fats Waller's "Ain't Misbehavin'," as well as their gently swinging approach to "Honeysuckle Rose. Helfer delves into a gospel feeling with his stirring introduction to Percy Mayfield's "Please Send Me Someone to Love.
Album · 2003 · 14 Songs. 8 Hands On 88 Keys Chicago Blues Piano Masters. Barrelhouse Chuck, Detroit Junior, Erwin Helfer, Pinetop Perkins. Kid Ory & His Creole Jazz Band.
01 - St. James Infirmary. 08 - Honeysuckle Rose.
James Infirmary, 05:06. These Foolish Things Remind Me of You, 04:42. Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue, 02:51.
Duo recordings in jazz and blues can be many things, but these by Helfer and Williams are excellent. There is excitement, intensity, heated soul, smokey ruminations, and a relaxed, 3AM quality to the performances. The playing has an intelligence and elegance that glows in the dark like a smoke ring; and hangs in the air like Man Ray's depiction of Lee Miller's lips. Skinny is a marvelous, 'modern' tenor sax player, who reminds me of David "Fathead" Newman, and Pee Wee Ellis.
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Erwin Helfer (born January 20, 1936) is an American boogie-woogie, blues and jazz pianist. Born in 1936 and raised in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Erwin Helfer is a Chicago boogie woogie and jazz innovator, performer, and educator. Helfer was mentored by William Russell, who introduced him to Baby Dodds, Mahalia Jackson, Glover Compton, Cripple Clarence Lofton, and Estelle Mama Yancey, as a young teenager growing up in Chicago in the early 1950s.