Jazzin' the Blues, Vol. 3 (1937-1941)

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The Document label, whose mission is to reissue every prewar blues recording not readily available elsewhere, moves into the swing era and jazz on this CD. All of the music is quite obscure with many of the groups having unknown personnel, but there are some excellent moments along the way. Lovin' Sam Theard was a pleasant jive singer who recorded during 1929-1934 and with pianist-singer Cow Cow Davenport. His 11 selections on this CD, which include two previously unreleased performances, date from 1937-1940 and find him joined by small swing groups and, on his trademark song "Spo-De-O-Dee," the quartet of Tiny Parham, a 1920s pianist who had recently switched to organ. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The Document label, whose mission is to reissue every prewar blues recording not readily available elsewhere, moves into the swing era and jazz on this CD. All of the music is quite obscure with many of the groups having unknown personnel, but there are some excellent moments along the way. Lovin' Sam Theard was a pleasant jive singer who recorded during 1929-1934 and with pianist-singer Cow Cow Davenport. His 11 selections on this CD, which include two previously unreleased performances, date from 1937-1940 and find him joined by small swing groups and, on his trademark song "Spo-De-O-Dee," the quartet of Tiny Parham, a 1920s pianist who had recently switched to organ. Four selections from the vocal duo of Nora & Delle (Nora is Nora Lee King while Delle is unknown) are just OK examples of routine swing from 1941. However the completely forgotten Jean Brady is excellent on her two numbers, while Jewel Paige, who is featured on three selections, is a major find. She shows on "Give It Up," "I'm Left with a Broken Heart," and especially "I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None of This Jelly Roll" that she could have been a contender. Paige is backed by a first-rate group that includes altoist Don Stovall and pianist Hank Duncan. The final group, Black Cats and the Kitten, has three guitars (one electric), bass, and either an unidentified male vocalist who sounds a bit like Leo Watson or singer Valda Buggs for some mainstream, jivey swing jazz. While this CD is not essential, the music overall is enjoyable and swinging.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/1997
  • Label: Document
  • UPC: 714298553628
  • Catalog Number: 5536
  • Sales rank: 251,390

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shame on You - Sam Theard (3:15)
  2. 2 Spo-Dee-O-Dee - Sam Theard (3:07)
  3. 3 That's What I'm Talking About - Sam Theard (2:58)
  4. 4 That's What I'm Talking About - Sam Theard (2:52)
  5. 5 Walkin' Back Home - Sam Theard (3:17)
  6. 6 Big Time Rose - Sam Theard (3:17)
  7. 7 You Turned Your Back on Me - Sam Theard (3:12)
  8. 8 You're Gonna Be a Rascal 'Til You Die - Sam Theard (2:55)
  9. 9 You're Solid with Me - Sam Theard (3:08)
  10. 10 That's Chicago's South Side - Sam Theard (2:51)
  11. 11 Spo-Dee-O-Dee - Sam Theard (2:33)
  12. 12 Keep a Knockin' @@Nora and Delle (2:26)
  13. 13 Get Away from My Window @@Nora and Delle (2:53)
  14. 14 Army Camp Blues @@Nora and Delle (3:04)
  15. 15 You Ain't Been Doin' Right @@Nora and Delle (2:47)
  16. 16 My Mellow Man - Jean Brady (2:56)
  17. 17 Knockin' Myself Out - Jean Brady (2:46)
  18. 18 I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None O' This Jelly Roll - Jewel Paige (2:38)
  19. 19 Give It Up - Jewel Paige (3:15)
  20. 20 I'm Left With a Broken Heart - Jewel Paige (2:51)
  21. 21 Step It up and Go - Black Cats and the Kitten (2:43)
  22. 22 My Boogie Woogie Daddy - Black Cats and the Kitten (2:43)
  23. 23 I'm the Winder - Black Cats and the Kitten (2:51)
  24. 24 You Better Ask Somebody - Black Cats and the Kitten (2:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Bill Broonzy Guitar
Blind John Davis Piano
Lonnie Johnson Guitar
Tiny Parham Organ, Clarinet
Hank Duncan Piano
Darnell Howard Clarinet
Duke Jones Bass
Wilbert Kirk Drums
Meade "Lux" Lewis Piano, Bird Whistle
Eustis Moore Alto Saxophone
Valda Buggs Vocals
Lem Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Joe Brown Trumpet
Sam Theard Vocals, Track Performer
John Henley Guitar
Don Stovall Alto Saxophone
Black Cats and the Kitten Track Performer
Nora Lee King Vocals
Bob Slaughter Drums
Jewel Paige Vocals
Jean Brady Vocals
Technical Credits
Little Richard Composer
Tony Russell Liner Notes
Gerhard Wessely Remastering
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