Ain't She Sweet

Ain't She Sweet

by Annette Hanshaw
     
 

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Annette Hanshaw was one of the very first white women to sing jazz convincingly. Unfettered by notions of glamour, she was so self-critical that her style could be said to have arisen, in part, from a sense of humility, something markedly absent from the performance personalities of her contemporaries Ruth Etting and

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Annette Hanshaw was one of the very first white women to sing jazz convincingly. Unfettered by notions of glamour, she was so self-critical that her style could be said to have arisen, in part, from a sense of humility, something markedly absent from the performance personalities of her contemporaries Ruth Etting and Ethel Waters. Hanshaw handled most songs with an easy and pleasantly stylized candor. Sounds of Yesteryear's Ain't She Sweet presents 27 chestnuts from her sizable recorded legacy. (Sound quality is satisfactory; other compilations have employed more consistent remastering techniques.) Waxed between 1926 and 1931, these vintage sides find her accompanied by capable pianists, hot jazz combinations, and sweet little pit orchestras with sentimentalizing strings attached. Some of this vocalist's best performances seem to have been inspired by upbeat songs describing attractive boyfriends. Examples on this collection include "I'm Gonna Meet My Sweetie Now," "Mine All Mine," and "Ain't He Sweet," with lyrics specially adapted to suit the perceived needs of gender specificity. "What Do I Care" underwent no such alteration, and the result might easily be enjoyed as a tribute to women who prefer the company of women. "Button Up Your Overcoat" is done up in Betty Boop baby talk as a weirdly accurate Helen Kane impersonation -- in fact, Hanshaw could be said to have out-Kaned the original. Tendered in an infinitely more subtle and beatific vein, "Body and Soul" is a lovely example of a moonlit love ballad rendered to perfection. This singer was capable of performing miracles. "Walking My Baby Back Home" is a pleasant and heartwarming tune; when sung by Annette Hanshaw the effect is borderline euphoric.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/17/2007
Label:
Sounds Of Yesteryear
UPC:
5019317070281
catalogNumber:
728
Rank:
129035

Tracks

  1. Thinking of You
  2. Am I Blue
  3. Mine All Mine
  4. The Song Is Ended
  5. There Must Be Somebody Else
  6. Tip Toe Through the Tulips
  7. He's the Last Word
  8. That's Why I Love You
  9. I'm Gonna Meet My Sweetie Now
  10. You're the Cream in My Coffee
  11. Ain't He Sweet
  12. It All Depends on You
  13. Here or There
  14. Little White Lies
  15. I Gotta Get Myself Somebody to Love
  16. Walking My Baby Back Home
  17. So Blue
  18. I Wanna Be Loved by You
  19. My Idea of Heaven
  20. Aw Gee! Don't Be That Way Now
  21. Just Like a Butterfly
  22. Rosy Cheeks
  23. Wistful and Blue
  24. Body and Soul
  25. What Do I Care
  26. Nuthin
  27. Button Up Your Overcoat

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Annette Hanshaw   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Joe Venuti   Violin
Phil Napoleon   Trumpet
Adrian Rollini   Piano
Artie Bernstein   String Bass
Rube Bloom   Piano
Tony Carlucci   Guitar
Mac Ceppos   Violin
Tony Colucci   Guitar
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet
Tommy Dorsey   Trumpet
Stan King   Drums
Jimmy Lytell   Clarinet
Bob McCracken   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Ben Selvin   Violin
Charlie Butterfield   Trombone
Joe Tarto   Drums,Bowed Bass
Philburn   Trombone
Hank Stern   Bass,Drums,Brass,Bowed Bass
Eddie Farley   Trumpet
Larry Tice   Clarinet
Irving Brodsky   Piano
Tommy Gott   Trumpet
Walter Holzhaus   Trumpet
Willard Robison   Piano
Andy Sannella   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Merrill Kline   String Bass
WhoMadeWho   Piano
Tommy Feline   Guitar
R.H. Bowers   Piano
Her Sizzling Syncopators   Track Performer
New England Yankees   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Herbert Stothart   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Archie Gottler   Composer
John Bennett   Graphic Design

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