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LaVern Baker Sings Bessie Smith

1 LP 33 rpm 180 gr PRECINTADO

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LaVern Baker Sings Bessie Smith

Side A:
1. Gimme A Pigfoot
2. Baby Doll
3. On Revival Day
4. Money Blues
5. I Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle
6. Backwater Blues
Side B:
1. Empty Bed Blues
2. There'll Be A Hot Time In the Old Town Tonight
3. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
4. After You've Gone
5. Young Woman's Blues
6. Preaching the Blues

LaVern baker, vocals
Nat Pierce, piano
Paul Quinichette, tenor saxophone
Buck Clayton, trumpet
Jimmy Cleveland, trombone
Urbie Green, trombone
Vic Dickenson, trombone
Wendell Marshall, bass
Danny Baker, guitar
Jerome Richardson, baritone saxophone
Sahib Shihab, baritone saxophone
Joe Marshall, drums

Reedición Speakers Corner en vinilo de 180 gr

It was 1958 when a passably successful R&B singer entered the recording studio with an all-star band to tape a dozen songs from the global repertoire of a legendary blues vocalist. The old-fashioned style in LaVern Baker’s tribute to Bessie Smith might seem somewhat strange in the midst of popular R&B numbers and the growing productivity of the Motown hit machines, but it certainly found favour with the public. And for a very good reason too! Right from the very first number, "Gimme A Pigfoot", the snappy bass line conjures up the ballroom atmosphere of the Twenties. A bluesy dialogue with the trumpet ("Baby Doll", "I Ain’t Gonna Play No Second Fiddle"), alternating with robustly orchestrated swing rhythms ("On Revival Day"), and time and again cool, faltering blues ("Black Water Blues") guarantee great listening and entertainment. The great names in the band read like a Who Is Who of outstanding musicians – Nat Pierce, Buck Clayton, Paul Quinichette, Urbie Green and Jimmy Cleveland, all who crown the fantastic sound of their performance with relaxed and easy-going solos and finely balanced background playing that would hardly be more authentic on a live stage. And by the way, fans of traditional big-band swing will love this album too. 

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.

Recording: 1958 by Tom Dowd
Production: Nesuhi Ertegun

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