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Josephine Baker 1926 - 1927
DOCD-5652 Josephine Baker 1926 - 1927 Josephine Baker (Mademmoiselle Joséphine Baker) vocal, accompanied by various Jazz Bands. Genres; Jazz, Blues, Pre-war Parisian cabaret. Informative booklet notes by Howard Rye. Includes detailed discography. Josephine Baker was and still is controversial in more profound ways than her mere inclusion in a discography. Many observers still find her stage persona, with its exploitation of stereotypes of the primitive, including impossible to take, and remain impervious to the sheer quality of her dancing, as it is preserved in her few films. Her singing career took her from the material heard here eventually to overblown and bombastic star vehicles far removed from her roots. The complexities of her life and character have been the subject of several biographies and much obfuscation, but when all is said and done the music remains to be assessed on its own merits. Continued...

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