Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

Document Records
Vocal Blues & Jazz Vol 4 1938 - 1949

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Trevor Bacon (guitar)
Sam Price and his Rockin` Rhythm
Vic Dickinson (trombone)
Sam Price (piano)
Sam Price and his Quartet
Wallace Jones (trumpet)
Walter Page (double bass)
Count Basie Sextet (accompanists)
Count Basie (piano)
Cliff Jackson (piano)
Ernest Purce (baritone sax)
William Scott (trumpet)
Ray de Geer (alto sax)
Eddie Heywood`s Orchestra (accompanists)
Ethel Waters
Panama Francis (drums)
Freddy Green (guitar)
Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra (accompan.)
Ray Nance (trumpet, vocal)
Ray Tunia (piano)
Ludwig 'Joe' Jordan (trumpet)
Lucky Millinder and his Orchestra (accompanists)
Lou McGarity (trombone)
Marty Napolean (piano)
Lucky Millinder (drums)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Otto Hardwicke (alto sax)
Oscar Smith (double bass)
Michael Hadley (tenor sax)
Sam Taylor (tenor sax)
Tab Smith (alto sax)
Willie Smith (alto sax)
Rex Stewart (cornet)
Percy Joell (double bass)
Leonard Ware (guitar)
Jonah Jones (piano)
Lawrence Brown (trombone)
Junior Raglin (double bass)
Juan Tizol (trombone)
George Stevenson (trombone)
Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton (trombone)
Gene Simon (trombone)
Frank Humphries (trumpet)
Freddie Guy (guitar)
Frankie Newton (trumpet)
Hy White (guitar)
Hal West (drums)
Helen Humes
Harry Carney (clarinet and sax)
George Duvivier (double bass)
Billy Bowen (alto sax)
Dorothea Smith (drums)
Don Byas Swing Seven (accompanists)
Don Byas (tenor sax)
Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet)
Al Killian (trumpet)
Al Hall (double bass)
Lester Young (tenor sax)
Billy Butler (guitar)
Betty Roche
Albinia Jones
Dave Mathews (tenor sax)
Johnny Hodges (sax)
Joe Jones
Joe Guy (trumpet)
Joe Britton (trombone)
Buck Clayton (trumpet)
Barney Bigard (clarinet)
Edmund Hall (clarinet)
Duke Ellington (piano)
Gene Sedric (clarinet)
Sonny Greer


Helen Humes
01 - Song of the wanderer Listen

Ethel Waters
02 - St. Louis blues Listen
03 - Stormy weather Listen

Sister Rosetta Tharpe
04 - (I want a) Tall skinny papa Listen

Betty Roche
05 - Trouble trouble Listen

Albinia Jones
06 - Fine and mellow Listen
07 - I love my man (Silver Dollar) Listen
08 - What`s the matter with me? (Don`t you wear no black) Listen
09 - Evil gal blues Listen
10 - Salty papa blues Listen
11 - Albinia`s blues Listen
12 - Don`t wear no black Listen

Helen Humes
13 - St. Louis blues Listen

Albinia Jones
14 - Give it up daddy blues Listen
15 - The rain is falling Listen
16 - Papa Tree Top blues Listen
17 - Love is such a mystery Listen
18 - I have a way of lovin` Listen
19 - Hey little boy Listen
20 - Song man Listen
21 - Hole in the wall Listen

Genres: Female Blues vocal, Female Jazz, Swing.

Informative booklet notes by Chris Smith.
Detailed discography.

From this CDs booklet notes.
It will be evident from the track listing and discography that this CD consists of 'Albinia Jones plus the war effort.' The other singers are more famous than Albinia, but that doesn't mean she's outclassed. Even so, 'Song Of The Wanderer' is testimony to the collective ability of HELEN HUMES, Count Basie and his sidemen to work their magic with the most unpromising material. 'St. Louis Blues' is a better bet, the only danger being over- familiarity. Helen's airshot, sung 'for the boys overseas' is evidently a wartime performance, and is accompanied by a starry lineup, but the riffing (head?) arrangement seems curiously unfocused, and perhaps doesn't give the band enough to do. There's no doubt about Humes' enthusiasm for the song, though. Equally seized by the possibilities of W.C. Handy's classic-and/or by the jivey additional lyrics-is ETHEL WATERS, teamed with Duke Ellington's orchestra for a War Department Jubilee transcription disc from October 1942. Both Waters and the band find rather fewer possibilities in 'Stormy Weather', unfortunately. ROSETTA THARPE and Lucky Millinder's big band really heat things up on another War Department Jubilee disc, while BETTY ROCHE cools them down again on a V-Disc. Roche, who died in 1999, is perhaps most famous for vocalising the 'Blues' section of 'Black, Brown And Beige', and the version of 'Take The "A" Train' in the movie 'Reveille With Beverly'. Duke considered that she had 'a soul inflection in a bop state of intrigue. Many of the phrases she came up with, along with the words she added, would have been considered good as instrumental licks. She was thirty years ahead of her time.' Well, perhaps slightly less than that on "Trouble Trouble', but she goes down some interesting byways, in a thoroughgoing exploration of the song and its moods.

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