Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

Document Records
Vocal Blues & Jazz 1921 - 1930

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Inez Richardson
Kitty Irvin
Alma Henderson
Alberta Jones


Inez Richardson
01 - My June love Listen
02 - Love will find a way Listen

Kitty Irvin
03 - Daddy do Listen
04 - Copenhagen Listen

Alberta Jones
05 - Home alone blues Listen
06 - Sud bustin` blues Listen
07 - Take yo` fingers off it Listen
08 - It must be hard Listen
09 - Lucky number blues Listen
10 - I`m gonna put you right in jail Listen
11 - Dying blues Listen
12 - Shake a little bit Listen
13 - My slow and easy man Listen
14 - Where have all the black men gone Listen
15 - Wild geese blues Listen
16 - Red beans and rice Listen
17 - I lost my man Listen
18 - River bottom Listen
19 - Bring it back daddy Listen

Alma Henderson
20 - Bonus Tracks: Mine`s as good as yours Listen
21 - Soul and body (he belongs to me) Listen
22 - You can`t have it unless I give it to you Listen
23 - I've got a mama down in New Orleans Listen

This, the first of three volumes features the work of four female blues singers. Three are obscure names whilst Alberta Jones whose recordings dominate this collection stands out as the star. As with the vast majority of the CDs featuring female classic blues singers in the Document Catalogue, this collection is given double strength by the inclusion of some excellent accompanists including Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra backing Inez Richardson. Duke Ellington and Otto Hardwicke lend a hand with two of Alberta Jones numbers and Alma Henderson is in the company of DeLoise Searcy on piano and Lonnie Johnson on guitar on her first two recordings followed by Eddie Lang on her two remaining titles.

The early foundations of blues recording were built on what became known as the Classic Blues. The performers were usually professional female singers who toured the vaudeville theatre circuit. Their repertoire took in the popular songs of the early 1900s and continued through the 1920s. This included popular love songs, songs from musical shows and, the blues. Their accompaniments would be provided by a pianist or on rare occasions a guitarist but more often than not it would be a hot jazz band. Following the first successful recording of a blues record, taking place in 1920 by Mamie Smith, many such artists were lucky enough to record either by chance or by popular demand. Some were or became stars, others only shone for a moment before disappearing back into the darkness of obscurity. Includes informative booklet notes by Steve Tracy and detailed discography.

Informative booklet notes by Steve Tracy.

Detailed discography.

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