On tunes as diverse as Kurt Weill’s "September Song", Hoagy Carmichael’s "Rockin’ Chair" and Bessie Smith’s "Backwater Blues", Johnson sings with raw power as his solo guitar runs cascade around him. In songs by Duke Ellington, W.C. Handy and Fatha Hines, he inhabits the material with chilling confidence. On "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess, he sings not as a Bess to her child as Gershwin intended, but as Sporting Life trying to get some action. There was plenty of youthful spunk left in the old boy and this disc makes you wish we’d paid more attention.