Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1923-24)

Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1923-24)

by Hazel Meyers
     
 

Blues woman Hazel Meyers is said to have cut more than 40 sides for seven different labels in New York City during the years 1923-1926. Twenty-three of these were reissued in 1996 on Document 5430, as the first volume of her complete recorded works. As is the case with many of the nearly forgotten early female blues artists in the Document catalog, hardly any…  See more details below

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Blues woman Hazel Meyers is said to have cut more than 40 sides for seven different labels in New York City during the years 1923-1926. Twenty-three of these were reissued in 1996 on Document 5430, as the first volume of her complete recorded works. As is the case with many of the nearly forgotten early female blues artists in the Document catalog, hardly any biographical data about Meyers has come to light. We know that she spent several years touring with a show called "Steppin' High," made her earliest records with pianist and composer Porter Grainger and aspiring bandleader Fletcher Henderson, and two of her last with young Fats Waller. Interestingly, on "Low Down Papa" and the "Graveyard Dream Blues" she is backed by pianist Leslie Hutchinson, destined for fame in Great Britain during the Second World War as "Hutch." Henderson, who was quite busy during the early to mid-'20s providing piano accompaniments for female blues singers, often brought along players from his jazzy little dance band. On this collection, for example, Meyers is heard with cornetists Joe Smith, Howard Scott, and Elmer Chambers, as well as clarinetist Don Redman. In June of 1924 she recorded with her Sawin' Trio, composed of cornetist Bubber Miley and two-thirds of the Choo Choo Jazzers: clarinetist Bob Fuller, and pianist Louis Hooper. Joe Smith, best known for his work with Bessie Smith, seems to have been well-suited for the measured, down to earth delivery of Meyers. Listen for Smith's subtly creative mute technique on the "Awful Moanin' Blues" and his expressive intonation during the "Mason-Dixon Blues." Eleven of this singer's later recordings were lumped together with titles by Edna Hicks and Laura Smith onto one CD (Document 5431) as "Volume Two" of their combined complete recorded works. Two more Meyers recordings subsequently surfaced on Document 1005 as Female Blues: The Remaining Titles

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/14/1996
Label:
Document
UPC:
0714298543025
catalogNumber:
5430

Tracks

  1. Wish I Had You (And I'm Gonna Get You Blues)
  2. Love Ain't Blind No More
  3. Graveyard Dream Blues
  4. Graveyard Dream Blues
  5. Low Down Papa
  6. Low Down Papa
  7. He's Never Gonna Throw Me Down
  8. Awful Moanin' Blues
  9. Mason-Dixon Blues
  10. Chicago Bound Blues
  11. Bleeding Heart Blues
  12. Downhearted Blues
  13. 'Tain't a Doggone Thing But the Blues
  14. Plug Ugly (The Worst Lookin' Man in Town)
  15. Heart-Breaking Joe
  16. Don't Mess with Me
  17. Don't Know and Don't Care Blues
  18. I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
  19. Pipe Dream Blues
  20. Black Star Line
  21. Papa Don't Ask Mama Where She Was
  22. I'm Every Man's Mama
  23. You Better Build Love's Fire (Or Your Sweet Mama's Gone)

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