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Vocal Blues & Jazz Vol 2 1921 - 1938

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Ethel Waters
Lillian Harris
Lizzie Miles
Rosa Henderson
Viola Bartlette
Sara Martin
Betty Gray
Laura Bryant
Tiny Mayberry
Informative booklet notes by Chris Smith.
Detailed discography.

Volume two of this three volume series features ten female singers who to a greater or lesser degree found the blues in their lives, from the highly successful Ethel Waters, Lizzie Miles and Sara Martin to the more obscure Laura Bryant, Tiny Mayberry and others, including Rosa Henderson of whom the famous blues / jazz record producer John Hammond once said was “an underrated artist”, the sides appearing here add weight to that comment. 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, Lovie Austin, Jimmy Blythe, Clarence Williams, Porter Grainger, Teddy Bunn and Lil Armstrong. Continued...

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Vocal Blues & Jazz Vol 4 1938 - 1949

Genres: Female Blues vocal, Female Jazz, Swing.

Informative booklet notes by Chris Smith.
Detailed discography.

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. Continued...

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Rude Dudes - Part 2 Of Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey

Double CD.
Various Artists.
Informative, 12 page, full colour illustrated, booklet notes by Neil Slaven & Bill Wyman.
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Banana In Your Fruit Basket, If It Don't Fit Don't Force It and He's Just My Size? Well, no prizes for guessing what they're all about. But what is a Southern Can, who is the Boy in the Boat and why a Man O' War? This excellent double CD, with twelve page full colour booklet, is packed with some of the most intriguing and often humorous Hokum, Blues, Jazz and Boogie-Woogie pieces based on the subject of sex. Outrageous double entendres and curious metaphors are abound. If Bananas, Lollypops, Fish and Jelly be the food of love, then play on! Continued...

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