Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

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Yonder Come The Blues


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FEATURED ARTIST / S
Mamprusi Tribesmen
Ladzekpo and Ewe Drum Orchestra
Othar Turner
Kunaal and Sosira
Butch Cage and Willie Thomas
Thyam Sy Griots
Lonnie Coleman
Charlie Poole with the North Carolina Ramblers
Lil McClintock
Tom Darby and Jimmie Tarlton
Too Tight Henry
Georgia Browns
Prairie Ramblers
Hokum Boys
Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys
Bertha 'Chippie' Hill
Blind Lemon Jefferson
Whistlin Alex Moore
Rev. J M Gates
Blind Willie Johnson
Robert Wilkins
Big Bill Broonzy
Lil Johnson
Pinetop Burks

    TRACK LIST

Ladzekpo and Ewe Drum Orchestra
01 - Agbekor

Mamprusi Tribesmen
02 - Ring dance

Othar Turner
03 - Fife and drum piece

Kunaal and Sosira
04 - Praise song

Butch Cage and Willie Thomas
05 - Forty four blues

Thyam Sy Griots
06 - Halam improvisation

Lonnie Coleman
07 - Wild about my loving

Charlie Poole with the North Carolina Ramblers
08 - Coon from Tennessee

Lil McClintock
09 - Don't think I'm Santa Claus

Tom Darby and Jimmie Tarlton
10 - Sweet Sara blues

Too Tight Henry
11 - Charleston contest - Part 2

Georgia Browns
12 - Decatur Street 81

Prairie Ramblers
13 - Jug rag

Hokum Boys
14 - Caught us doing it

Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys
15 - Brain cloudy blues

Bertha 'Chippie' Hill
16 - Kid man blues

Blind Lemon Jefferson
17 - Rabbit foot blues

Whistlin Alex Moore
18 - Blue bloomer blues

Rev. J M Gates
19 - Death's black train is comin'

Blind Willie Johnson
20 - When the war was on

Robert Wilkins
21 - New stock yard blues

Big Bill Broonzy
22 - Detroit special

Lil Johnson
23 - Press my button (Ring my bell)

Pinetop Burks
24 - Fannie Mae blues

Various.
Informative booklet notes by Paul Oliver.
Detailed discography.

This CD covers three areas covered by Paul Oliver's book Yonder Come The Blues; Savannah Syncopators; With African musical retentions in the United States, the meeting of White and Black traditions, and the development of sound recording, we witness the evolution of a genre. one would argue that the spirituals, gospel songs, work songs, jazz and blues which have flourished during the past century are American music forms, and most authorities would contend that they owe their existence to the presence of the black population. All these types of music have been influenced to some extent by white traditions of European origin but it seem generally accepted that the descendants of the slaves who were imported from Africa combined them with elements of musical traditions that they had brought with them.

Blacks, Whites and Blues; Interaction between black and white musicians has been one of the most stimulating forces in American folk music. Nowadays, for social reasons, exchanges are rarer; but in the 'twenties and 'thirties they were frequent and fertile. The aim of this part of the collection is to show something of this cross-fertilisation.

Recording The Blues; Blues recording began by accident. In February 1920 the General Phonograph Corporation in New York happened to record two popular songs by a black woman, Mamie Smith. The demand for these made the record companies aware that there was a black record-buying public eager for material by singers of their own race. Soon every black cabaret and roadshow singer had taken her turn in the studios. Many of their records were numbered in special series that came to be known as 'Race Series' Each label had its established stars in the early 'twenties: there was Ma Rainey at Paramount and the great Bessie Smith at Columbia. But it was OKeh who led the field; of the 250 race records released in 1925 more than a third were in their 8000 series, including such masterpieces as Bertha "Chippie" Hill's Kid Man Blues featuring the young Louis Armstrong on cornet. These were the days of the Classic Blues singers, women whose accompaniment was usually a piano or a small jazz group. Then, early in 1926, Paramount introduced a new type of blues record, by Blind Lemon Jefferson, an itinerant guitar-picker from Texas who sang poignant songs about the style of life he led. Rabbit Foot Blues was one of Lemon's finest numbers, his expressive guitar complementing the slurred vocal as he sang of 'those meatless and wheatless days'.

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