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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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Lonnie Johnson Vol 2 1926 - 1927

Lonnie Johnson, vocal, harmonium, guitar.

Includes recordings by;
Helen Humes, vocal.
Joe Brown, vocal.
Raymond Boyd, vocal.

With contributions by; James Johnson, violin; John Erby, piano, De Loise Searcy, piano.

Genres; Blues, Blues Guitar, Female Blues vocal, New Orleans Blues.

Informative booklet notes by Chris Smith.
Detailed discography.

From this CDs booklet notes;
Lonnie Johnson closed the eight title session of 13 August 1926 with two blues, one backed by the strange combination of his own harmonium and his brother James's violin, the other with just his own guitar. This marked the end of the bewildering display of instrument switching to be heard on Volume 1 (DOCD-5063); not for nearly three years was Lonnie to accompany himself on any instrument but guitar. As if to confirm this decision, he dropped into the studio the next day, Saturday, to cut the dazzling guitar solo To Do This, You Got To Know How, based on a lose 12 bar structure, but in practice owing little to the blues. 1927 found the two brothers back in the studio, both playing guitar; I Done Tole You, unissued at the time, hints at the revolutionary series of instrumental duets Lonnie was soon to cut with Eddie Lang.

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