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His career recapitulated the mystery of the blues in miniature.

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“The greatest blues singer that I ever knew.”

“I had to burn a guy a little and they gave me a little time”

Sometimes it pays a man to keep his eyes closed.

An inspired, slurry vocalist of darkness and wit.

His speed, touch, range and daring were unrivaled.

“We play unsegregated music.”

GatemouthSmokes-HiLo

Neglected puzzle master of country, cajun, jazz, and the blues.

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Beyond the jargon of authenticity, dissonance and dark places.

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“St. Louis Blues” may be “the jazzman’s Hamlet,” as one critic has…