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Pee Wee Crayton Blues Guitar Magic - The Modern Legacy Vol.2 (CD)

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(Ace Records) 25 Tracks (70:13) - 1948-50 'Modern' - Part two of the 'Modern' recordings... more

Pee Wee Crayton: Blues Guitar Magic - The Modern Legacy Vol.2 (CD)

(Ace Records) 25 Tracks (70:13) - 1948-50 'Modern' - Part two of the 'Modern' recordings documentation on the fine 'Ace' label from the UK. Essential early guitar instrumentals, and vocals. Comes with some unissued tracks and takes *.

A second helping of Pee Wee Crayton's dazzling blues guitar, including the original Modern hits 'Texas Hop' and 'I Love You So'.

This second volume of Pee Wee Crayton's recordings for the Modern label confirms his importance as one of the leading architects of electric blues guitar playing. Along with his mentor T-Bone Walker, Crayton was an important influence on just about every blues guitarist that followed. 

His licks can be heard in the playing of musicians as diverse as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chuck Berry, Robert Cray and Eric Clapton.
Pee Wee Crayton, an incredibly talented musician was versatile enough to put his stamp on anything from a slow ballad to a stomping instrumental workout such as Texas Hop. Pee Wee was a charming man who loved to play. Even when he came off the road in the 1960s to work in a day job for Los Angeles' Municipal Council, he continued to play in his spare time and was constantly in demand to work with other blues artists such as Joe Turner and Big Mama Thornton.

The CD release of Pee Wee's last collection of recordings cut for the Modern label was greeted with such enthusiasm by reviewers and fans alike that we felt that we should schedule a follow-up. We knew there was sufficient material still available for a second CD, but it was only when we went back again to listen to these sides that we realised the stunning quality of the remaining masters.

This CD contains 25 tracks new to CD, four of these are great previously unreleased recordings that include the rockin' Austin Boogie and the ultra soulful Long After Hours. All the tracks on this CD have been carefully transferred and given the famous 'Sound Mastering Seal Of Quality' treatment to ensure that they sound as good now as when they were first recorded all those years ago. 

Whether you're a special fan of Crayton, or a blues guitar freak or you just plain like the blues, then a treat lies in store for your poor tired ears, when you dig the energy and freshness of these classic Crayton recordings. 

By Ted Carroll

Article properties: Pee Wee Crayton: Blues Guitar Magic - The Modern Legacy Vol.2 (CD)

  • Interpret: Pee Wee Crayton

  • Album titlle: Blues Guitar Magic - The Modern Legacy Vol.2 (CD)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Year of publication 2000
  • Label Ace Records

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0029667176729

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Crayton, Pee Wee - Blues Guitar Magic - The Modern Legacy Vol.2 (CD) CD 1
01 Poppa Stoppa Pee Wee Crayton
02 Phone Call From My Baby Pee Wee Crayton
03 Crayton Special * Pee Wee Crayton
04 I Love You So (false start & studio chat) * Pee Wee Crayton
05 I Love You So Pee Wee Crayton
06 Crayton's Blues Pee Wee Crayton
07 Texas Hop Pee Wee Crayton
08 Old Fashioned Baby Pee Wee Crayton
09 Answer To Blues After Hours Pee Wee Crayton
10 Good Little Woman Pee Wee Crayton
11 Thinkin' Of You Pee Wee Crayton
12 Long After Hours * Pee Wee Crayton
13 Miserable Old Feeling (Save A Tear For Me) Pee Wee Crayton
14 Austin Boogie * Pee Wee Crayton
15 Louella Brown Pee Wee Crayton
16 Huckle Boogie Pee Wee Crayton
17 Brand New Woman Pee Wee Crayton
18 When A Man Has The Blues Pee Wee Crayton
19 Tired Of Travelin' Pee Wee Crayton
20 California Woman Pee Wee Crayton
21 Blues For My Baby Pee Wee Crayton
22 My Everything Pee Wee Crayton
23 Dedicating The Blues Pee Wee Crayton
24 Cool Evening Pee Wee Crayton
25 Have You Lost Your Love For Me Pee Wee Crayton
Pee Wee Crayton Taking T-Bone Walker's basic approach and cranking it up a notch or two... more
"Pee Wee Crayton"

Pee Wee Crayton

Taking T-Bone Walker's basic approach and cranking it up a notch or two hotter, Pee Wee Crayton scored one of the first huge electric blues instrumental smashes in 1948 with his deliberate Blues After Hours, a kissin' cousin to Erskine Hawkins' '46 sensation After Hours. Crayton was a fine singer—a good portion of his catalog for Los Angeles-based Modern Records was vocal—but two of his three big hits were instrumentals.

Born Connie Curtis Crayton on December 18, 1914 in Liberty Hill, Texas, Crayton was raised in Austin. His nickname was laid on him at birth. "Years and years ago, they used to have suppers on Saturday nights in the country," said the late guitarist. "Well, my dad used to go to a lot of them, and there was a piano player that was named Pee Wee. He said his next kid, he was gonna nickname him Pee Wee. So I was him!" Crayton moved to L.A. in 1935, then Oakland in '41 to work in the Navy yards. He didn't get started playing guitar until he was in his early 30s, dazzled by two early electric axemen.

"T-Bone was a very good friend of mine," he said. "I loved to hear him play during his lifetime. Charlie Christian, he was a terrific guitar player. But the other guys,

I didn't bother with 'em too much. Those were the ones that I liked." After some chord tutelage from guitarist John Collins, Pee Wee began gigging around Oakland, starring at Slim Jenkins' club for a year. His 1947 debut 78 for 4 Star was entitled After Hours Boogie; when he got to Modern the next year, he recut the tune downbeat as Blues After Hours and paced the R&B hit parade for three weeks. 

"That was my theme song," he said. "The tune came in mind, and I started playing it. It was just a theme song when I was either going off or coming on the stage. So he asked me, he said, 'I like that! Play it all the way through.' I said, 'I don't know where I'll play on it.' So I played it all the way through, and when it come out, it was 'Blues After Hours.' So he just named it 'Blues After Hours.'"

Not only did Modern boss Jules Bihari name it, he listed himself as co-author. "He's Taub," said Crayton. "He didn't know anything about no music. He didn't know 'Blues After Hours.' But I didn't know at the time, because I didn't have it copyrighted. But he copyrighted it, and he put his name on it too. So what could I do?"

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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