Two Bones and a Pick by T-Bone Walker
This guitar showcase from the final session finds T-Bone swapping leads with R.S. Rankin (Walker’s nephew) and Barney Kessel; Rankin and Kessel take the first two solos and Walker, the third.
Aaron Thibeaux Walker (T-Bone Walker) was born on May 28, 1910, in Linden Texas.
Walker was unfairly overlooked during the blues revival of the 1960s on both sides of the Atlantic, as he drew his inspiration more from jazz players such as Charlie Christian and the vocal stylings of big band singers rather than the Delta players and singers emulated by his contemporaries in Chicago.
This slight was made even more ironic by the fact that two of the players that these up and coming musicians most often modeled themselves on, B.B. King and Chuck Berry were each acolyte of Walker’s style.
Signed to Atlantic Records in the mid-fifties, the Ertegun brothers took their time to ensure that the results were “just right” before releasing the LP. The first session was done in April of 1955 with Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler producing. Nesuhi Ertegun oversaw two more sessions, in December of 1956 and 1957, each with different musicians sitting in.