Tiny Grimes: Food for Thought

May 20, 2007

Nicolai Foss

This is surely one of the most mis-titled CDs out there. In addition to Tiny (of course), there is Jay McShann and George Kelly and a bunch of mainly French back-up musicians, going over about a dozen tunes, mainly riffy Grimes blues items. The result is by no means anything like “food for thought” but rough, uncomplicated music with a rock’n roll tinge.

I blogged about a month ago on Tiny’s early work, praising it, but his work on this CD, recorded in 1970, just isn’t on par with his earlier work. According to the liner notes, “… because of his numerous talents, Tiny Grimes, along with Charlie Christain, was the greatest of all guitar players.” Why is it that liner notes on French recordings tend to be so ridiculously over the top?

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