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Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1923)

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Ida Cox was one of the most powerful blues singers of the 1920s, ranking just below Bessie Smith. The Document label has reissued all of Cox's 1920s recordings on four CDs, leaving out many of the alternate takes since there are a great deal from 1923-24 to be put out on a later series. The first CD has the master takes of all of Cox's recordings from 1923, plus four alternates. Except for the closing "Bear-Mash Blues," which finds the singer joined by her future husband Jesse Crump on piano, the music either features accompaniment by pianist Lovie Austin an underrated blues player or assistance from Austin, the great cornetist Tommy Ladnier and clarinetist Jimmy O'Bryant. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Ida Cox was one of the most powerful blues singers of the 1920s, ranking just below Bessie Smith. The Document label has reissued all of Cox's 1920s recordings on four CDs, leaving out many of the alternate takes since there are a great deal from 1923-24 to be put out on a later series. The first CD has the master takes of all of Cox's recordings from 1923, plus four alternates. Except for the closing "Bear-Mash Blues," which finds the singer joined by her future husband Jesse Crump on piano, the music either features accompaniment by pianist Lovie Austin an underrated blues player or assistance from Austin, the great cornetist Tommy Ladnier and clarinetist Jimmy O'Bryant. Cox was one of the few singers from this early period who could overcome the technical limitations of the primitive recording equipment and really communicate with the listener. Among the highlights from her first year on records are "Any Woman's Blues," "Graveyard Dream Blues" which is heard in three versions, "Ida Cox's Lawdy, Lawdy Blues," "Moanin' Groanin' Blues," "Come Right In" which has some lines that would become quite familiar in later songs and "I've Got the Blues for Rampart Street." Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/1997
  • Label: Document
  • UPC: 714298532227
  • Catalog Number: 5322
  • Sales rank: 276,903

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ida Cox Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Tommy Ladnier Cornet
Lovie Austin Piano
Jimmy O'Bryant Clarinet, Piano
Jesse Crump Piano
Technical Credits
Ida Cox Composer
Lovie Austin Composer
Johnny Parth Producer
Gerhard Wessely Remastering
John Cowley Liner Notes
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