Al Kooper w/ Shuggie Otis - Kooper Session (1969)

Al Kooper is an American singer-songwriter, producer and musician.

Following the success of his Super Session collaboration with Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills, Al Kooper planned a follow-up. Taking up the role of lead guitarist on Kooper Session was a young Shuggie Otis (only 15 years old at the time!). It followed much the same formula as its predecessor, with a side of arranged R&B-based songs (with Kooper on vocals), and a side of loose bluesy instrumental jams. The songs side included "Double Or Nothing" (originally by Booker T & The MGs), Little Buster's "Looking For A Home", and Kooper's dramatic gospel-styled arrangement of "Bury My Body". The full lineup of musicians featured is Kooper (organ & piano), Otis (guitar), Stu Woods (bass), Mark Klingman (piano) and Wells Kelly (drums).
Though the album was not a commerical success like the original Super Session had been, it did introduce Shuggie Otis' guitar playing to the record-buying public, and effectively began his recording career thanks to Kooper.

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