King, Albert with Stevie Ray Vaughan
Stax, 2003, SACD
Jazz Ruler Type: Ballads, Blues
O’s Notes: Albert never received the level of fame as his brother B.B. but among other musicians and in many circles, he was revered. Stevie Ray Vaughan idolized King and adopted a lot of his style. This pairing was the genius of Ian Anderson who produced several such pairings for Canadian television. It’s the only known recording of the duo. It was a ‘passing of the torch’ from Albert to Stevie as Vaughan was rising to fame. It is somewhat ironic that King outlived his successor as Vaughan died in a helicopter crash at 35. King died from a heart attack 2 years later in 1992. But listen to the music and commentary from this 1983 session as both guys tear it up on guitar. It’s some of the best blues from two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. It’s one to cherish.