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Sweet Papa Low Down

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Feat. Jimmy Bertrand


This side was produced in Chicago on September 1st 1928 featuring "Blind" Arthur Blake guitar & vocals, and Jimmy Bertrand xylophone, accompanied by unknown cornet & piano.

Resident Windy City musicians Blind Blake and Jimmy Bertrand were brought together at their local Paramount recording studio in September of 1928 for a session that produced this side on which they are featured backed by a mystery piano player and cornetist. Though it's title is reminiscent of the 1925 George and Ira Gershwin publication "Sweet And Low-Down" any similarity ends there, credited to Arthur Blake "Sweet Papa Low Down" is a jazz/ragtime guitar and xylophone showpiece that is brilliantly executed.

Although his musical knowledge was somewhat limited Arthur Blake possessed a natural gift and he definitely made the most of it, eventually becoming a revered icon of finger style guitar.

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