Confessin' the Blues

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This CD reissues not only Carrie Smith's original hard-to-find Black & Blue LP, but six selections from two other sessions including three previously unissued alternate takes. Smith, who was coming into her own during this period, is in top form on a variety of vintage material ranging from Bessie Smith songs in the 1920s to the '50s Ruth Brown hit "Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean" and Big Bill Broonzy's "When I've Been Drinkin'." It is interesting to hear some of the altered lyrics, which have been changed to reflect a female rather than a male singing; "I Want a Little Boy" is the most obvious example. Most selections find Smith backed by a quartet that includes ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This CD reissues not only Carrie Smith's original hard-to-find Black & Blue LP, but six selections from two other sessions including three previously unissued alternate takes. Smith, who was coming into her own during this period, is in top form on a variety of vintage material ranging from Bessie Smith songs in the 1920s to the '50s Ruth Brown hit "Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean" and Big Bill Broonzy's "When I've Been Drinkin'." It is interesting to hear some of the altered lyrics, which have been changed to reflect a female rather than a male singing; "I Want a Little Boy" is the most obvious example. Most selections find Smith backed by a quartet that includes tenor saxophonist George Kelly and pianist Ram Ramirez, while a few of the added tracks have short spots for trumpeter Doc Cheatham and trombonist Vic Dickenson. This is one of the best Carrie Smith CDs currently available.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/1993
  • Label: Evidence
  • UPC: 730182602128
  • Catalog Number: 26021
  • Sales rank: 116,112

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carrie Smith Primary Artist, Vocals
Budd Johnson Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Hank Jones Piano
Eddie Barefield Alto Saxophone
Oliver Jackson Trumpet, Drums
George Kelly Tenor Saxophone
Sir Charles Thompson Piano
George Duvivier Bass
Doc Cheatham Trumpet
Vic Dickenson Trombone
Panama Francis Trumpet, Drums
Al Hall Bass
Eddie Locke Trumpet, Drums
Roger "Ram" Ramirez Piano
Dick Vance Trumpet
Billy Butler Guitar
Technical Credits
Jay McShann Composer
Buddy Tate Arranger
W.C. Handy Composer
Walter Brown Composer
Disques Black and Blue Producer
Jerry Gordon Producer, Reissue Producer
Martha E. Koenig Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Chip Deffaa Liner Notes
Edward VanLandeghem Engineer
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