Vocal Blues & Jazz 1921-1930

Vocal Blues & Jazz 1921-1930

     
 

The complete works of four 1920s singers (with the exception of two titles from Alma Henderson that are available elsewhere) are on this interesting but not essential disc. None of the singers are all that great. Inez Richardson's two titles from July 1921 are primarily of interest due to them being recorded so early in the blues craze. Kitty Irvin fares better during…  See more details below

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The complete works of four 1920s singers (with the exception of two titles from Alma Henderson that are available elsewhere) are on this interesting but not essential disc. None of the singers are all that great. Inez Richardson's two titles from July 1921 are primarily of interest due to them being recorded so early in the blues craze. Kitty Irvin fares better during her two titles from October 1924 (which includes the jazz standard "Copenhagen"), assisted by clarinetist Volly DeFaut and pianist Walter Melrose. Alberta Jones is heard on 15 selections from eight different sessions. Most of her backup musicians are unknown, but "Lucky Number Blues" and "I'm Gonna Put You Right in Jail" find her backed by pianist Duke Ellington and altoist Otto Hardwicke in October 1926. Finally, there are four numbers from Alma Henderson in 1927 (two previously unreleased) which are of greatest interest due to guitarists Lonnie Johnson and Eddie Lang being on two selections apiece. The music is mostly listenable, but not a must.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/03/1997
Label:
Document
UPC:
0714298100426
catalogNumber:
1004

Tracks

  1. My June Love @@Inez Richardson
  2. Love Will Find a Way @@Inez Richardson
  3. Daddy Do @@Kitty Irvin
  4. Copenhagen @@Kitty Irvin
  5. Home Alone Blues
  6. Sud Bustin' Blues
  7. Take Yo' Fingers off It
  8. It Must Be Hard
  9. Lucky Number Blues
  10. I'm Gonna Put You Right in Jail
  11. Dying Blues
  12. Shake a Little Bit
  13. My Slow and Easy Man
  14. Where Have All the Black Men Gone
  15. Wild Geese Blues
  16. Red Beans and Rice
  17. I Lost My Man
  18. River Bottom
  19. Bring It Back Daddy
  20. Mine's as Good as Yours
  21. Soul and Body (He Belongs to Me)
  22. You Can't Have It Unless I Give It to You
  23. I've Got a Mama Down in New Orleans

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lonnie Johnson   Guitar
Eddie Lang   Guitar
Don Redman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Charlie Dixon   Banjo
Duke Ellington   Piano
Fletcher Henderson   Piano,Leader
Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall   Drums
Deloise Searcy   Piano
Elmer Chambers   Trumpet
Ralph Escudero   Tuba,Bowed Bass
Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Otto Hardwick   Alto Saxophone
George Brashear   Trombone
Roy Banks   Piano
Walter Melrose   Piano
Inez Marie Richardson   Vocals
Chink Johnson   Trombone
Alma Henderson   Vocals,Track Performer
Alberta Jones   Vocals,Track Performer
Cordy Williams   Piano
Howard Scott   Trumpet
Ellington Twins   Group
Edgar Campbell   Clarinet
Voltaire de Faut   Clarinet

Technical Credits

Johnny Parth   Producer
Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra   Contributor
Steven C. Tracy   Liner Notes

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