Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 5 (1927-1929)

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Volume five of Clara Smith's complete works as reissued by Document during the 1990s covers a segment of her career from July 30, 1927 to December 31 1929, beginning with her recording of Tiny Parham's "Black Cat Moan." The title of that song apparently engendered an executive decision at Columbia Records causing her backing band which included cornetist Gus Aiken, reedman Bob Fuller, and pianist Stanley Miller to be listed as Her Five Black Kittens. This seasoned blues vocalist closed out the decade by making records with some of New York's finest jazz musicians, including Duke Ellington's trumpeter Freddy Jenkins tracks six and seven as well as pianist and composer ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Volume five of Clara Smith's complete works as reissued by Document during the 1990s covers a segment of her career from July 30, 1927 to December 31 1929, beginning with her recording of Tiny Parham's "Black Cat Moan." The title of that song apparently engendered an executive decision at Columbia Records causing her backing band which included cornetist Gus Aiken, reedman Bob Fuller, and pianist Stanley Miller to be listed as Her Five Black Kittens. This seasoned blues vocalist closed out the decade by making records with some of New York's finest jazz musicians, including Duke Ellington's trumpeter Freddy Jenkins tracks six and seven as well as pianist and composer James P. Johnson tracks 17 and 18. Other noteworthy instrumentalists include pianist Lemuel Fowler, cornetists Ed Allen and Joe Smith, trombonist Big Charlie Green who sounds especially pungent during Thomas A. Dorsey's "It's Tight Like That"; cellist Marion Cumbo listen for him during "Got My Mind on That Thing" and "Wanna Go Home", and an unidentified kazooist who was probably pianist Porter Grainger on "Ain't Got Nobody to Grind My Coffee."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/1995
  • Label: Document
  • UPC: 714298536829
  • Catalog Number: 5368
  • Sales rank: 270,112

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clara Smith Primary Artist, Vocals
James P. Johnson Piano
Gus Aiken Cornet
Ed Allen Cornet
Porter Grainger Piano
Freddie Jenkins Trumpet
Joe "Fox" Smith Cornet
Ben Whitted Clarinet
Lem Fowler Piano
Charlie Green Trombone
John Anderson Trombone
Bob Fuller Clarinet
Stanley Miller Piano, Multi Instruments, Reed Organ
Ben Whittet Clarinet
Technical Credits
Jimmie Davis Composer
Tiny Parham Composer
Joe Sullivan Composer
George Baquet Contributor
Johnny Parth Producer
Hudson Whittaker Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey Composer
Gerhard Wessely Remastering
Zora Neale Hurston Composer
Leon Chappelear Composer
Marion Cumbo Contributor
John Henry Vanco Liner Notes
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