Alternate Takes (1921-1924)

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Alberta Hunter, who also recorded under the names Josephine Beatty, Helen Roberts, May Alix, and Alberta Prime, cut about 90 sides for ten different labels between the years 1921-1940. As a sort of dessert platter in the wake four volumes of her reissued "complete works" that were released during the late '90s, Document brought out a beautifully decorated edition containing 22 alternate takes dating from 1921-1924. This is for people who love antiquated jazz and blues recordings, and might even enjoy an occasional taste of historic 78 rpm phonograph record surface noise. Hunter, who sang contralto or even borderline mezzo-soprano during the '20s, is heard backed by ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Alberta Hunter, who also recorded under the names Josephine Beatty, Helen Roberts, May Alix, and Alberta Prime, cut about 90 sides for ten different labels between the years 1921-1940. As a sort of dessert platter in the wake four volumes of her reissued "complete works" that were released during the late '90s, Document brought out a beautifully decorated edition containing 22 alternate takes dating from 1921-1924. This is for people who love antiquated jazz and blues recordings, and might even enjoy an occasional taste of historic 78 rpm phonograph record surface noise. Hunter, who sang contralto or even borderline mezzo-soprano during the '20s, is heard backed by pianists Fletcher Henderson or Eubie Blake and various ensembles under their leadership; by Sam Wooding's Orchestra, the Original Memphis Five, the Paramount Boys (cornetist Tommy Ladnier, clarinetist Jimmy O'Bryant, and pianist Glover Compton); cornetist Joe Smith (soon to make his all-time best records with Bessie Smith); pianist and bandleader Lovie Austin with clarinetist John Obrigant (whose name was also spelled Oubrigant and Obregon) and, on the two old-fashioned harmony vocal tracks that close the collection, the Elkins-Payne Jubilee Quartette, who, as the Elkins-Payne Jubilee Singers have their own collection in the Document catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/1997
  • Label: Document
  • UPC: 714298100624
  • Catalog Number: 1006
  • Sales rank: 197,175

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alberta Hunter Primary Artist, Vocals
Eubie Blake Piano
Phil Napoleon Trumpet
Don Redman Clarinet
Tommy Ladnier Cornet
Lovie Austin Piano
Charlie Dixon Banjo
Fletcher Henderson Piano
Jimmy Lytell Clarinet
Jimmy O'Bryant Clarinet
Frank Signorelli Piano
Elmer Chambers Trumpet, Cornet
Ernest Elliott Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
George Brashear Trombone
Chink Johnson Trombone
Charles Panelli Trombone
Technical Credits
Ken Romanowski Liner Notes
Gerhard Wessely Remastering
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