Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1925-1928)

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Coot Grant and Kid Wilson were nearly exact contemporaries of Butterbeans & Susie. Both couples were enormously popular with Afro-American audiences before, during and after the First World War. The Document historical reissue label achieved the near-impossible by compiling most of Grant and Wilson's known recordings into three volumes, each packed with complete discographical information and insightful liner notes. Vol. 1 covers a time line from March 1925 to November 1928, a period when Grant and Wilson's records were issued by the Paramount label. "Come On, Coot Do That Thing" is the most famous number in this part of the discography, as it is one of five ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Coot Grant and Kid Wilson were nearly exact contemporaries of Butterbeans & Susie. Both couples were enormously popular with Afro-American audiences before, during and after the First World War. The Document historical reissue label achieved the near-impossible by compiling most of Grant and Wilson's known recordings into three volumes, each packed with complete discographical information and insightful liner notes. Vol. 1 covers a time line from March 1925 to November 1928, a period when Grant and Wilson's records were issued by the Paramount label. "Come On, Coot Do That Thing" is the most famous number in this part of the discography, as it is one of five recordings made in October 1925 with accompaniments by Fletcher Henderson's six-piece "orchestra," an ensemble sparked by the presence of young cornetist Louis Armstrong. "You Dirty Mistreater" typifies the cheerfully brutal repertoire used in Afro-American vaudeville; the endlessly creative threats of physical violence prefigure some of the speech used in late 20th century hip-hop. Both manifestations are part of a long continuum based in the Afro-American tradition of the artful putdown, immortalized on many a blues and boogie-woogie record as "The Dirty Dozens." During the year 1926, Coot Grant made a series of records backed by ragtime and blues guitarist Blind Blake; these were his very first recordings. One of 15 children, Coot Grant was born Leola B. Pettigrew in Birmingham, AL in 1893. "Coot" or "Cootie" was derived from "Cutie," which is what her mother liked to call her. Coot is said to have begun performing in vaudeville in Atlanta, GA in the year 1900. The following year she joined Mayme Remington's Pickaninnies, a troupe that toured North America, Europe and South Africa. In 1913, Coot married vocalist Isiah I. Grant; they worked together as Grant & Grant with C.W. Park's Musical Comedy Company, Tolliver's Big Show where they shared the bill with Trixie Smith, Ma Rainey and Butterbeans & Susie and Wooden's Bon Tons. Six months after the death of Isiah I. Grant in 1920, Coot married Jacksonville, FL-born pianist Wesley Wilson. Document's three-volume survey of their combined careers includes all of the records they made together and separately between 1925 and 1938.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/2/1998
  • Label: Document
  • UPC: 714298556322
  • Catalog Number: 5563
  • Sales rank: 245,857

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Crying Won't Make Him Stay - Kid Wilson (3:00)
  2. 2 Rock, Aunt Dinah, Rock - Kid Wilson (2:56)
  3. 3 You Dirty Mistreater - Kid Wilson (2:56)
  4. 4 Come on Coot Do That Thing - Kid Wilson (2:56)
  5. 5 Have Your Chill, I'll Be Here When Your Fever Rises - Kid Wilson (2:57)
  6. 6 Find Me at the Greasy Spoon (If You Miss Me Here) - Kid Wilson (3:02)
  7. 7 Find Me at the Greasy Spoon (If You Miss Me Here) - Kid Wilson (2:57)
  8. 8 Speak Now or Hereafter Hold Your Peace - Kid Wilson (3:00)
  9. 9 When Your Man Is Going to Put You Down (You Never Can Tell) - Kid Wilson (2:57)
  10. 10 Scoop It - Kid Wilson (2:41)
  11. 11 Stevedore Man - Kid Wilson (2:45)
  12. 12 Dying Blues - Kid Wilson (2:45)
  13. 13 Ashley St. Blues - Kid Wilson (2:57)
  14. 14 Dishrag Blues - Kid Wilson (3:01)
  15. 15 Rollin' Mill Blues - Kid Wilson (2:46)
  16. 16 State Street Men Blues - Kid Wilson (3:05)
  17. 17 Down the Country - Kid Wilson (2:33)
  18. 18 Black Biting Bee Blues - Kid Wilson (2:45)
  19. 19 Wilson Dam - Kid Wilson (2:35)
  20. 20 Rasslin' 'Till the Wagon Comes - Kid Wilson (2:49)
  21. 21 Keyhole Blues - Kid Wilson (2:54)
  22. 22 Ducks - Kid Wilson (2:41)
  23. 23 Mama Didn't Do It and Papa Didn't Do It - Kid Wilson (2:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Coot Grant Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Rex Stewart Cornet
Tiny Parham Piano
Jimmy Blythe Piano
Blind Blake Guitar
Shirley Clay Cornet
Charlie Dixon Banjo
Fletcher Henderson Piano
Porter Grainger Piano
Preston Jackson Trombone
Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall Drums
Charlie Green Trombone
Wesley Wilson Piano, Vocals
Artie Starks Clarinet
B.T. Wingfield Cornet
Technical Credits
Louis Armstrong Contributor
Johnny Parth Producer
Gerhard Wessely Remastering
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