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Charley Jordan Vol 1 1930 - 1931

Charley Jordan, vocal, guitar   
St. Louis Bessie (Bessie Mae Smith), vocal with Charley Jordan, guitar.
With contributions by Peetie Wheatstraw, piano.
Genres: St Louis Blues, Country Blues, Country Blues Guitar.
Informative booklet notes by Chris Smith.
Detailed discography.  

From this albums booklet notes:

Charlie Jordan is one of the many major figures in the blues of whom we know surprisingly little. He was born in Arkansas, around 1890, and is reported to have led a hobo's life after service in the US Army during World War I. By 1925, he was living in St. Louis, which was to be his home for the rest of his life. He was already a guitarist by this time, and it's a good bet that his wanderings had taken him to Memphis and the Mississippi Delta, for the guitar styles of the city and the repertoire of the Delta are both evident at his first recording session. He played in a clean, confident three-finger style that owed a good deal to ragtime, but more to his own extraordinary sense of rhythm. The steady pulse that underlies his playing and singing is often a long way removed from the accenting of the guitar part; what Bernard Klatzko calls "inexact timing (that is exact)". Continued...

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St Louis Barrelhouse Piano 1929 - 1934

Various artists
Genre: St Louis Blues, Barrelhouse Piano, Blues Piano.
Informative Notes by Mike Rowe.
Detailed discography.
By the 20's St Louis's black areas must have seemed like one huge barrelhouse of country jukes as the migrants carried on their Southern traditions odd concession to the new urban environment. Pianos, a rarity in the country were anything but in town and St Louis and its twin, the wide-open East St Louis, were piano towns (possibly a legacy of the mid-Western ragtime).
When, in 1929, Sam Wolff of Wolff's Record Shop, 1319 Biddle, despatched Henry Townsend and pianist Sylvester Palmer to Chicago to record for Columbia and Smoky Harrison, Bessie Mae Smith and Wesley Wallace to Paramount the stage was set for a discographical mystery which would run and run. Continued...


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Roosevelt Sykes Vol 2 1930 - 1931

Roosevelt Sykes, vocal, piano.

With contributions by;
St Louis Bessie (Bessie Mea Smith), vocal.
Henry Townsend, guitar.

Genres: Country Blues, Blues Piano.

Informative booklet notes by Chris Smith.
Detailed discography.

Part of the most ambitious series of Roosevelt Sykes reissues ever undertaken, Document's Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1930-1931) features 24 tracks of prime blues piano, everything Sykes recorded during the year-long period between June of 1930 and June of 1931. Though there aren't as many classic tracks here as on other volumes, there are highlights: a remake of one of his more famous sides, this time called "Kelly's 44 Blues," and a couple of risqué titles ("Nasty but It's Clean," "Big Time Woman"). Continued...

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