Released in 2004 on the Storyville label, THE BOOGIE WOOGIE TRIO VOL. 1 & 2 presents sessions recorded between 1939 and 1954, many of which feature pianists Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, and Meade Lux Lewis playing together. Although the prospect of the three revered performers all pounding on the eighty-eights at the same time holds the potential for an overwhelming (if not downright cacophonous) sound, the trio works wonderfully together, offering up fun, rollicking, blues-inflected numbers such as "Boogie Woogie Prayer," "Lady Be Good," and "The Sheik of Araby." In addition to those tunes, the two-disc collection includes classics such as Johnson's ragtime-infused "Four O' Clock Blues" and numerous versions of W.C. Handy's jaunty "St. Louis Blues." These 45 tracks provide a fascinating look at the intersection of jazz, R&B, and early rock & roll, making for a potent dose of vintage boogie woogie that is almost impossible to top.