Pete Johnson – Central Avenue Boogie
Delmark DD 656 (1992) [Apollo Series]
1947 small group sessions.
IN THE BEGINNING there was three: Pete Johnson, Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis. These men, fine pianists all, created the great boogie-woogie rage of the 30s and 40s. They stood at the peak of the boogie-woogie pyramid. Everybody imitated them; all the big name bands had to have boogie-woogie arrangements. But the real article was played on by a few pianists, of whom these three were the best. Pete Johnson is generally considered to have been the most brilliant of the three.