Sippie

Sippie

by Sippie Wallace
     
 
Sippie Wallace's first album in 15 years, and -- other than two slightly later albums for the German Vagabond label with pianist Axel Zwingenberger -- her final recording, finds the last surviving classic blues singer of the 1920s (along with Alberta Hunter who would pass away two years later) doing

Overview

Sippie Wallace's first album in 15 years, and -- other than two slightly later albums for the German Vagabond label with pianist Axel Zwingenberger -- her final recording, finds the last surviving classic blues singer of the 1920s (along with Alberta Hunter who would pass away two years later) doing her best at the age of 83. Blues/pop star Bonnie Raitt had long loved Wallace's music and helped Sippie return to music after her 1970 stroke; she also influenced Atlantic to record the ancient blues veteran. Unfortunately, by 1982, Wallace's voice was considerably weaker than it had been in the 1920s or even in 1966 for a Storyville album. This date (which has been reissued on CD) has its historic value and charm, but is actually more highly recommended for the heated playing of Sippie's backup group, pianist Jim Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band. The octet features superior stride piano from the leader and a strong frontline consisting of cornetist Paul Klinger, trombonist Bob Smith and Russ Whitman and Peter Ferran on reeds. Sippie Wallace revives some of her best-known 1920s numbers ("Woman Be Wise," "Up the Country Blues," "Mighty Tight Woman" and "Suitcase Blues") and performs a few vintage standards too. Still, get this CD for the musicians rather than for the spirited but fading singer.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2006
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431770528
catalogNumber:
7705
Rank:
103111

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sippie Wallace   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bonnie Raitt   Vocals,Slide Guitar,Accompaniment,Guest Appearance
James Dapogny   Piano
Bob Smith   Trombone
Peter Ferran   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Wayne Jones   Drums
Paul Klinger   Cornet
Rob McDonald   Banjo,Guitar
Rod McDonald   Banjo,Guitar
Russ Whitman   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Ed Wilkinson   Bass,Tuba

Technical Credits

James Dapogny   Arranger
Rob Martens   Engineer
Will Spencer   Engineer
Ron Harwood   Producer,Liner Notes
Sandi Young   Art Direction
Barbara Weinberg   Cover Photo

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