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Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - Okie Dokie Stomp

Clarence Brown was one of the great guitarists of the jump blues/early r&b era. He was tremendously fluid and played with an seemingly effortless sense of groove. All too often the bands he played with went by jazz conventions, and he was forced to share the lead with other musicians. It would have worked well in the clubs, but it wasn't what you wanted on record. If you've only got 2 or 3 minutes you basically want to hear him play the entire time.

That's why Okie Dokie Stomp is such a great piece. It's all Brown, all the time. He plays the opening notes, he plays the final notes, and in between you've got two of the finest solos of the early electric guitar. He's backed by the Plume Davis Orchestra on this 1954 recording, and they knew enough to do as little as possible to keep things moving along. Wise move.

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - Okie Dokie Stomp