1942-1946

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Mississippi native Lil Green 1919-1954 had a distinctively warm, buzzing, astringent voice that suggests in retrospect the penetrating intensity of Ida Cox or Bertha "Chippie" Hill, the worldly potency of Lil Hardin Armstrong or Blue Lu Barker, and even the stylized pertness of Nell Carter. Lil Green came up in South Side Chicago, performing as a singing waitress when she was only 14. Developing her act during the 1930s, she began making records for Victor's Bluebird label in 1940, usually backed by guitarist Big Bill Broonzy. Nine sides recorded on January 21, 1942, represent her final collaborations with Broonzy, who composed the beautiful "Keep Your Hand on Your ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Mississippi native Lil Green 1919-1954 had a distinctively warm, buzzing, astringent voice that suggests in retrospect the penetrating intensity of Ida Cox or Bertha "Chippie" Hill, the worldly potency of Lil Hardin Armstrong or Blue Lu Barker, and even the stylized pertness of Nell Carter. Lil Green came up in South Side Chicago, performing as a singing waitress when she was only 14. Developing her act during the 1930s, she began making records for Victor's Bluebird label in 1940, usually backed by guitarist Big Bill Broonzy. Nine sides recorded on January 21, 1942, represent her final collaborations with Broonzy, who composed the beautiful "Keep Your Hand on Your Heart." The excellent pianist heard on these tracks was Simeon Henry, present also on the Bluebird session of April 17, 1945. Guitarist Sam Casimir sounds like more of a jazz player than Broonzy was, and bassist Robert Montgomery reinforces the impression of blues infused with small-band swing. "Now What Do You Think" has all the disarming, sensual charm of an early Pearl Bailey recording. In July of 1946 Lil Green crossed over to the primary Victor label, backed at first by a brassy big band and then by a septet. Both groups acted under the leadership of trumpeter Howard Callender, to whom Green was married at that time. Leonard Feather is quoted in the liner notes as having said that this particular big band was definitely not the right choice for Lil Green. He specifically notes that the players had ."..serious intonation problems, which in turn seemed to throw Lil off pitch every now and then." Green's version of the famous "Blowtop Blues," which Feather had written for Dinah Washington, should probably have been rehearsed until a better take was achieved, as Green seems jostled by the blustering brass. Washington's version, unquestionably far superior to this or any other singer's rendition, was recorded in 1944 but withheld by Decca until 1947. For this reason, Green's Victor recording was on the market for about five months before Washington's definitive "Blowtop" blew onto the scene. Lil Green's session of July 31, 1946, used a seven-piece band that swung better and stayed the hell out of her way. Gene Austin's "How Come You Do Me Like You Do" -- a catchy number recorded by everybody from Riley Puckett to Henry "Red" Allen -- comes off decently here, as does the sentimental pop tune "That Old Feeling." Yet Lil Green's own material always worked best for her. "Last Go Round Blues" and "No Good Man" find her back in the blues groove where she could express herself most directly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2004
  • Label: Classics R&B
  • EAN: 3307510509922
  • Catalog Number: 5099
  • Sales rank: 140,863

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lillian "Lil" Green Primary Artist, Vocals
Big Bill Broonzy Bass, Guitar
Jimmy Nelson Piano
Morey Feld Drums
Red Saunders Drums
James Whitney Trombone
Sam Casimir Guitar
Walter Johnson Bass
Vincent McCleary Saxophone
Simeon Henry Piano
Henry Stratham Trombone
Howard Robertson Saxophone
Richard Fox Saxophone
Howard Callender Trumpet
Robert Montgomery Bass
Technical Credits
Big Bill Broonzy Composer
Leonard Feather Composer
Gene Austin Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Sammy Fain Composer
E. Johnson Composer
Joe McCoy Composer
Dave Penny Liner Notes
Lillian "Lil" Green Composer
Roy Bergere Composer
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