Ancient Voices #24

Lonnie Johnson


estiv said...

I've always loved this picture, even though it's more of a composition than a portrait. But the way that he's dressed with such care, the prominence of the guitar in the frame, and that perfect use of the many shades of gray that black and white can give you, all add up to an image of "the musician" that is indelible and other-wordly.

vilstef said...

Some of his earliest shellac issues from 1925 even have him playing some blues fiddle. His last recordings from the 60s are powerful in playing and singing. He did an album of old, traditional jazz with a Canadian jazz band about 1965, and the youngsters are having a hard time keeping up!