Label: Varèse Sarabande - 302 066 247 2 Format: CD Album Country: US Genre: Blues Style: Chicago Blues
Another recent RockBeat title worth noting: Voting takes seconds so please participate! I had never heard this tune before. The Dramatics: Buck Owens: Atomic Road Kings:
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I met Gil Evans, a hero of mine. The best show I ever attended was the Max Roach Quintet The first jazz record I bought was Brown Roach Inc. My advice to new listeners: By Jeff Slavin Member since: Membership has its privileges.
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Review our musician toolkit page. Sign in or sign up to upload your press release. Learn more and read our FAQ. If you shop at any of the stores below, please initiate your purchase from All About Jazz. When you do, All About Jazz will receive a sales commission. View as a separate page. Backed by pianist Gerald Cook and bassist Jimmy Lewis on this album, Hunter was at the height of her career revival.
Her entertainment of grateful U. One fact is inescapable: In , the singer had largely retired from music due to health concerns.
But musical pursuits called once again when club owner Barney Josephson invited her to star for six weeks at the Cookery, his hip Greenwich Village cabaret, in October The live recording of a subsequent Cookery performance resulted in Downhearted Blues: Live at the Cookery, which will be released on both CD and gram vinyl August 30, on RockBeat Records, a new label focused on quality reissues and new recordings by heritage artists, distributed by eOne Distribution. Musicologist Bill Dahl contributed liner notes.
The title was previously available on CD, but has been re-mastered and will now be available on CD and gram vinyl for the first time. Born on April 1, in Memphis, Hunter was weaned on W. Bessie Smith, the immortal Empress of the Blues, ended up scoring a bigger hit with the song in Having conquered Chicago, Hunter moved to New York in When she returned to the U.
She continued into the Korean conflict. There were scattered post-war sessions. But when her beloved mother died in and after starring in a Broadway flop, Hunter bowed out of performing to train as a nurse. In , Hunter was forced out of her job by hospital regulations.
Dick Cavett and Mike Douglas invited her to brighten their TV talkfests, 60 Minutes profiled her, and Columbia recorded three more albums. The live recordings that form Downhearted Blues: Live at the Cookery are from one of her many triumphant evenings at the club. Her sense of swing and theatricality remained impeccable, with longtime pianist and arranger Gerald Cook and sturdy upright bassist Jimmy Lewis providing sterling accompaniment.
Another recent RockBeat title worth noting: Alberta Hunter is The Blues. She started recording in the early s, six decades before these tracks were recorded. And you can hear it on this recording. And what a voice. And with a sense of humor. After all, this was the beginning of the reign of that feeble actor and all-around bastard Ronald Reagan.
It could be , or From whom? Themselves, most likely. But no matter, inside things are swell, things are swinging. But as it turns out, she got it a bit wrong. It was Alan Rudolph who wrote and directed it, not Robert Altman.
Alberta gives a little laugh before starting this sexy, beautiful tune. Sure, her version is a bit messy.
She talks about how Bessie Smith recorded it and Alberta was still collecting royalties as a result. Alberta has a great rapport with the crowd. And I wonder just how aware they were that they were watching a legend. It seems like her charm and ease made them feel right at home, and maybe lessened any reverence or awe they might have felt. I love her somewhat soft "ooo"s on this one. I had never heard this tune before.
Her voice works so well in conjunction with Jimmy Lewis on bass. And then Gerald Cook is doing what is essentially a separate lead section on piano.
And somehow it all works magically. Alberta sings about how her handy man " churns my butter ," " threads my needle " and " chops my meat. Downhearted Blues: Why is that? And how hot is it to hear a woman in her mid-eighties sing it? I love it. Posted by Michael Doherty at 3:
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