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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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Sister Rosetta Tharpe Vol 1 1938 - 1941

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe Vol 2 1942 - 1944

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe Vol 3 1946 - 1947

DOCD-5607 Sister Rosetta Tharpe Vol 3 1946 -1947

Sister Rosetta Tharpe, guitar, vocal.

With contributions by;
Marie Knight, vocal.
The Dependable Boys, vocal group.
Sammy Price, piano.
Billy Taylor Snr., stand-up bass.
Wallace Bishop, drums.
Ben Moten, stand-up bass.
George "Pops" Foster, stand-up bass.
And others...

Genre; Gospel.

Informative booklet notes by Ken Romanowski.
Detailed discography.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe (born Rosetta Nubin in Cotton Plant, Arkansas on March 20, 1915) was already a seasoned veteran of the gospel highway by the time she burst upon the national scene in 1938. During the next two years she performed in New York at the Cotton Club with Cab Calloway and Andy Kirk, played the Apollo and the Savoy Ballroom with Lucky Millinder, and appeared at John Hammond's historic Spirituals To Swing concert at Carnegie Hall, bringing gospel music to the attention of mainstream America and becoming gospel's first national star in the process. Continued...

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