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Steppin' Out (instrumental)

"Steppin' Out" (or sometimes "Stepping Out") is a blues-instrumental composition recorded by American blues musician Memphis Slim in 1959. It was released by Vee-Jay Records as a single and on Slim's At the Gate of the Horn album. Although both releases list L. C. Frazier (another of Memphis Slim/Peter Chatman's pseudonyms) as the writer, Vee-Jay owner James Bracken is often credited on versions by other performers.

"Steppin' Out"
Single by Memphis Slim
from the album At the Gate of the Horn
B-side"My Gal Keeps Me Crying"
Released1959 (1959)
Recorded1959
GenreBlues
Length2:07
LabelVee-Jay
Composer(s)L. C. Frazier a.k.a. Memphis Slim

Memphis Slim's piano provides the opening harmony part, followed by a tenor sax solo and guitar solo by long-time Slim guitarist Matt Murphy. AllMusic critic Bill Dahl calls Murphy's album contribution as "nothing short of spectacular throughout". A live version recorded in 1986 appears on the Steppin' Out: Live At Ronnie Scott's, London album and video.

Eric Clapton recorded several versions of "Steppin' Out" during his early career. In 1966, he recorded the song with three different bands: with Eric Clapton and the Powerhouse, recorded in March for the Elektra Records sampler What's Shakin'; with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers in April for the album Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton; and with Cream in a live performance for broadcast on BBC Radio in November, eventually released on the BBC Sessions compilation in 2003. Cream recorded a second live performance of the song for BBC Radio in January 1968, which was also included on BBC Sessions though it was first released on Clapton's Crossroads box set in 1988.

Clapton's early versions were relatively brief – ranging from under two minutes to little over three – but in live performances with Cream, "Steppin" Out" became an extended improvisational piece often lasting thirteen minutes or more. On occasion, the group's bassist Jack Bruce would drop out of the song after several minutes, leaving Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker to take the song in entirely new, less blues-oriented directions. An example of such can be heard on a live recording from the San Francisco Winterland Ballroom in March 1968, first released on the album Live Cream Volume II in 1972 and later on the Cream box set Those Were the Days in 1997.

Jesse Gress, writing for Guitar Player magazine, noted that Ritchie Blackmore's "bluesy head to 'Lazy' (from Deep Purple's Machine Head) fondly paraphrases Slowhand’s [Clapton's] Bluesbreaker-era showcase 'Steppin’ Out,' right down to the same style of third-position swing-sixteenth G blues riffing".

  1. Credited to Memphis Slim.
  2. Credited to L. C. Frazier.
  3. Credited to James Bracken.
  1. "L. C. Frazier" is the only name that is listed on the original 45 label.
  2. Dahl, Bill. "Memphis Slim – Biography". AllMusic. RetrievedMay 5, 2013.
  3. Gress, Jesse (February 2, 2010). "10 Things You Gotta Do To Play Like Ritchie Blackmore". Guitar Player. New Bay Media. RetrievedMay 5, 2013.

Steppin' Out (instrumental)
Steppin Out instrumental Article Talk Language Watch Edit Steppin Out or sometimes Stepping Out is a blues instrumental composition recorded by American blues musician Memphis Slim in 1959 It was released by Vee Jay Records as a single and on Slim s At the Gate of the Horn album Although both releases list L C Frazier another of Memphis Slim Peter Chatman s pseudonyms as the writer Vee Jay owner James Bracken is often credited on versions by other performers Steppin Out Single by Memphis Slimfrom the album At the Gate of the HornB side My Gal Keeps Me Crying Released1959 1959 Recorded1959GenreBluesLength2 07LabelVee JayComposer s L C Frazier a k a Memphis Slim 1 Memphis Slim s piano provides the opening harmony part followed by a tenor sax solo and guitar solo by long time Slim guitarist Matt Murphy AllMusic critic Bill Dahl calls Murphy s album contribution as nothing short of spectacular throughout 2 A live version recorded in 1986 appears on the Steppin Out Live At Ronnie Scott s London album and video Eric Clapton renditions EditEric Clapton recorded several versions of Steppin Out during his early career In 1966 he recorded the song with three different bands with Eric Clapton and the Powerhouse recorded in March for the Elektra Records sampler What s Shakin note 1 with John Mayall amp the Bluesbreakers in April for the album Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton note 2 and with Cream in a live performance for broadcast on BBC Radio in November eventually released on the BBC Sessions compilation in 2003 note 3 Cream recorded a second live performance of the song for BBC Radio in January 1968 which was also included on BBC Sessions though it was first released on Clapton s Crossroads box set in 1988 note 3 Clapton s early versions were relatively brief ranging from under two minutes to little over three but in live performances with Cream Steppin Out became an extended improvisational piece often lasting thirteen minutes or more On occasion the group s bassist Jack Bruce would drop out of the song after several minutes leaving Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker to take the song in entirely new less blues oriented directions An example of such can be heard on a live recording from the San Francisco Winterland Ballroom in March 1968 first released on the album Live Cream Volume II in 1972 and later on the Cream box set Those Were the Days in 1997 note 3 Jesse Gress writing for Guitar Player magazine noted that Ritchie Blackmore s bluesy head to Lazy from Deep Purple s Machine Head fondly paraphrases Slowhand s Clapton s Bluesbreaker era showcase Steppin Out right down to the same style of third position swing sixteenth G blues riffing 3 Notes Edit Credited to Memphis Slim Credited to L C Frazier a b c Credited to James Bracken References Edit L C Frazier is the only name that is listed on the original 45 label Dahl Bill Memphis Slim Biography AllMusic Retrieved May 5 2013 Gress Jesse February 2 2010 10 Things You Gotta Do To Play Like Ritchie Blackmore Guitar Player New Bay Media Retrieved May 5 2013 Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Steppin 27 Out instrumental amp oldid 998905809, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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