amazingly prolific artist who brought a brisk air of urban sophistication
to his frequently stunning presentation, Memphis Slim assuredly ranks with
the greatest blues pianists of all time. He was smart enough to take Big
Bill Broonzy's early advice about developing a style to call his own to
heart, instead of imitating that of his idol, Roosevelt Sykes. Soon enough,
other 88s pounders were copying Slim rather than the other way around --
his thundering ivories attack set him apart from most of his contemporaries,
while his deeply burnished voice possessed a commanding authority.