Who taught you to play Honky Tonk Train Blues? is a common question among boogie woogie pianists. I learnt it from Original Boogie Woogie by Claude Bolling.
That said, Honky Tonk Train Blues and Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie are the only ‘standard tunes’ in this great publication. It really does its title justice, as it contains little-known boogie woogie classics and original compositions by this French jazz pianist. Watch Eric Legaud play the first boogie in this sheet music book, Death Ray Boogie, on his home piano in the video at the bottom of this page and judge for yourself.
All the transcriptions in this recommendable sheet music book are actually from a boogie woogie album that Bolling issues in 1968 of him playing some fantastic boogie woogie – no drums, no bass, just the piano and him.
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If you’d like to ‘try before you buy’, why not listen to this album on Spotify?
Want to download the sheet music to Death Ray Boogie? Download the 8 pages here.