Songs We Taught Your Mother

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Although Alberta Hunter, who had briefly come out of retirement, gets first billing on this CD reissue, in reality she shares the spotlight with two other veterans of the 1920s: Lucille Hegamin and Victoria Spivey. Each of the singers is featured on four songs apiece while backed by such top players as clarinetist Buster Bailey, trombonist J.C. Higginbottham, and Cliff Jackson or Willie "The Lion" Smith on piano. Hunter is in superior form on such numbers as "You Gotta Reap Just What You Sow" and "I Got a Mind to Ramble," although she would soon be out of music for another 15 years, continuing her work as a nurse. Hegamin who had not recorded since 1932 was having a brief ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Although Alberta Hunter, who had briefly come out of retirement, gets first billing on this CD reissue, in reality she shares the spotlight with two other veterans of the 1920s: Lucille Hegamin and Victoria Spivey. Each of the singers is featured on four songs apiece while backed by such top players as clarinetist Buster Bailey, trombonist J.C. Higginbottham, and Cliff Jackson or Willie "The Lion" Smith on piano. Hunter is in superior form on such numbers as "You Gotta Reap Just What You Sow" and "I Got a Mind to Ramble," although she would soon be out of music for another 15 years, continuing her work as a nurse. Hegamin who had not recorded since 1932 was having a brief last hurrah, despite sounding good, and Spivey, reviving her "Black Snake Blues," would soon be launching her own Spivey label. This is a historic and enjoyable set recommended to both classic jazz and blues collectors.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/1992
  • Label: Obc
  • UPC: 025218052023
  • Catalog Number: 520
  • Sales rank: 131,397

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alberta Hunter Primary Artist, Vocals, Track Performer
Victoria Spivey Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Sidney DeParis Trumpet, Tuba
Zutty Singleton Drums
J.C. Higginbotham Trombone
Cliff Jackson Piano
Cecil Scott Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Willie "The Lion" Smith Piano
Gene Brooks Drums
Lucille Hegamin Vocals, Track Performer
Henry Goodwin Trumpet
Technical Credits
Buster Bailey Contributor
Sidney DeParis Contributor
Zutty Singleton Contributor
Chris Albertson Producer, Liner Notes
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
J.C. Higginbotham Contributor
Cliff Jackson Contributor
Cecil Scott Contributor
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith Contributor
Gene Brooks Contributor
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