Blues - Ladies sing the blues

25-07-05, 09:27
From Bessie Smith to Billie Holiday, Ma Rainey to Maxine Sullivan – a superb selection of blues. Three CDs of classic compositions such as Stormy Weather, Mood Indigo, Mad About The Boy and Georgia On My Mind impeccably performed by the some of the sassiest female performers the world has ever produced.

Until the blues came a long, the only black music to make an impact across the American colour divide was of a religious nature. While praising the Lord was undoubtedly good for the soul, the blues offered an earthier outlet for frustrations that lay outside the sacred sphere. By singing, the women featured here also made themselves an income of their own, whether for spending on gin or merely satisfying the financial demands of the rent collector. And as they did so, they established a proud tradition that continues today. Aretha Franklin and those who’ve followed owe so much to the pioneers whose work we celebrate here.

The songs and performers we feature are legendary, but blues ladies? Well, not always. When Bessie Smith, our opening artist, went north in 1920 from her native Tennessee in search of a recording contract, she failed to make the grade with Black Swan Records because, so legend has it, she interrupted a test ‘take’ to holler “hold on, let me spit!”

The demands of the juke-joints where many earned their trade could be equally unladylike: Pearl Bailey’s autobiography recalled a demeaning practice called the “ups”, where singers went from table to table in search of tips and were obliged, by custom, to remove the money “not with your hands, but your thighs. You pulled up your dress and grabbed the money off the table. Some of you may recall the small dimes and how hard they were to snatch off.”

Thankfully, times eventually became more enlightened, but much of the music on this fabulous triple-disc set was recorded around the time of the great American Depression, when times were harder than hard and it fell to the female to keep the family together. Maybe that lends it a dignity and an honesty that shines through even now, and why so many subsequent performers have mined this rich blues seam in an attempt to rival the originals.

Ma Rainey was perhaps the first of the greats. Her selections here, ‘Booze And Blues’ and ‘Toad Frog Blues’, were cut at the same 1924 session and hint at the talents that made her the Paramount label’s biggest-selling star of that decade. The former Gertrude Pridgett, who married Pa Rainey at age 18, was 38 when ‘discovered’, and used her maturity to help Bessie Smith, several years her junior, to overcome the first hurdles to fame. Sisters were doin’ it for themselves, even at this early stage. Singer and songwriter Ida Cox, who fronted the Blues Serenaders, was an all-round talent who also starred in vaudeville and, by the Depression, had amassed enough of a fortune to ride out the storm. Her contributions to our album, ‘Take Him Off My Mind’ and ‘Hard Time Blues’, come from a 1939 recording session which saw her backed by JC Higginbotham, Hot Lips Page and James P Johnson, three leading jazzmen who much admired her work. Influential, too, was Texas Nightingale Sippie Wallace, whose talents were rediscovered in the 1960s and 1970s by Victoria Spivey and Bonnie Raitt. Spivey, who died in 1976, was herself a performer until she went into the business side of music as a promoter and producer.

If Bessie Smith’s need to clear her throat had hindered her chances at Black Swan Records, then Ethel Waters was a somewhat more refined talent. Her clear diction and polished vocal skills proved the perfect combination to cross over into the popular mainstream, and this she did with success. Furthermore, her tricks of the trade became standard practice for jazz and blues vocalists, ensuring ‘Sweet Mama Stringbean’, as she was affectionately known in tribute to her physique, a reputation to match her towering talents.

Talking of talents, the presence of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Lena Horne, names that need little introduction, is a guarantee that ‘Blues Ladies’ is an album you’ll be drawn to again and again. Who, once they’ve heard the majesty that is Ella, can forget her contribution to American song, let alone the jazz and blues genres? Similarly, few serious music fans can be unaware of the personal tragedy that lent the voice and persona of Billie Holiday, the fabled Lady Day, such an uniquely moving quality. As for Lena Horne, she tackled prejudice head-on to make her mark in a number of entertainment fields and is still occasionally active today though in her eighties.

While we feature the likes of Peggy Lee and Anita O’Day, white singers who successfully sang the blues in later years, Mildred Bailey deserves note as perhaps the first non-black female singer to master the genre. After making her name fronting Paul Whiteman’s band, she formed her own with husband Red Norvo, billed as ‘Mr and Mrs Swing’. She was a special pal of Bessie Smith who clearly felt no resentment at a white woman muscling in on ‘her’ territory.

Let’s not give the impression that all our blues ladies went unrewarded for their talents. Even in comparison with today’s gold-encrusted gangsta rapper the likes of Ma Rainey would shine. Her gold necklaces and earrings, ostrich feathers and beaded headbands set a trend that others willingly followed. The gold trinkets may have tarnished, or been sold when their owners hit hard times, but the music present on those three discs has more that transcended fashion.
There are those who might say that the jazzier talents of latter-day performers like Lena Horne and Ella Fitzgerald don't sit so well on a compilation featuring the earthier pioneers. But that’s to miss the point. The original blues ladies sang for their freedom and their dignity, and the path they forged at least spared the generation that followed some of the indignities they had been forced to suffer.

Let’s leave the last word to Aretha. “Everyone who sings or has a hit record is not a diva,” she explains. Real divas have “grandiosity and a larger than life personality.” She should know, and there are plenty of them here. So blues ladies or blues divas? We’ll leave it to you to decide…

Michael Heatley

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25-07-05, 11:17
Dạo này chưa già mà đã hóa chậm , đánh cờ thì chỉ thích nghĩ 5' một nước, nghe nhạc thì nhất định chỉ có blues, Jazz hay Rock cổ cổ một tẹo. Tình yêu mây úp nhanh lên nhá, cả thể loại " thiên nga giãy chết" nữa.
29-07-05, 22:59
Xin lỗi mọi người vì không có đĩa 1 nên chỉ up đĩa 2 và 3 thôi nhé.


5 bài đầu tiên (

1. Peggy Lee - Blues In The Night
2. Ethel Waters - Sweet Georgia Brown
3. Ma Rainey - Toad Frog Blues
4. Rosetta Howard - Rosetta Blues
5. Billie Holiday - Lover Man

Cafeteria, cái thể loại "thiên nga giãy chết" đấy còn giữ mỗi một bài, số còn lại để ở HN mất rồi.
30-07-05, 10:58
Vật quá mất rồi, Tình yêu xem giải quyết cho lên luôn nhé.
01-08-05, 00:17
5 bài tiếp theo (
6. Mildred Bailey - Rockin’ Chair
7. Ella Fitzgerald - Sugarfoot Rag
8. Bessie Smith - Dyin’ By The Hour
9. Peggy Lee - How Long Has This Been Going On?
10. Bessie Smith - Kitchen Man

Đường truyền dạo này kém quá tình yêu cafe ạ.

01-08-05, 00:43
5 bài nữa (

11. Mildred Bailey - Junk Man
12. Ivie Anderson, with Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - Shoe Shine Boy
13. Ida Cox - Take Him Off My Mind
14. Anita O’Day - I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
15. Lena Horne - Frankie and Johnny
01-08-05, 01:11
Đã đownloa hết rồi .. nhà mây còn nhạc roman-tịt nữa thì pốt lên nhé ...
thanks for sharing :)))

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nhắm mắt lại nghe mà cứ tưởng mình đang ở Cuba . Bài nào cũng tuyệt vời :)

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01-08-05, 22:23
Tình yêu Mây có Grateful dead không? có Santana không? Có Eric Clapton không? cho xin đi.
01-08-05, 23:32
Tình yêu Mây có Grateful dead không? có Santana không? Có Eric Clapton không? cho xin đi.

Santana mí E.C chắc mọi người có nhiều em để phần mọi người up :p. Anh Cafe bê đống Grateful Dead này về đi rồi em share cho bản Metallica cover Whiskey in the Jar của G.D nghe hay ra trò nhé :4:
02-08-05, 11:37
:icon_cry: Nhiều vô thiên lủng mà không có tên bài hát, file down về thì không biết dùng trình nào để nghe. Tình yêu bảo phải làm sao giờ. Đang vật tung người đây.
03-08-05, 23:22
5 bài cuối cùng (

16. Bessie Smith - Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
17. Lena Horne - Mad About The Boy
18. Ada Brown - Break O’Day Blues
19. Sippie Wallace - I’m a Mighty Tight Woman
20. Ella Fitzgerald - I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good

03-08-05, 23:43
CD 3

5 bài đầu tiên (

1. Trixie Smith - Freight Train Blues
2. Adelaide Hall - The Blues I Love To Sing
3. Ethel Waters - Am I Blue?
4. Mildred Bailey - Harlem Lullaby
5. Una Mae Carlisle - Hangover Blues
03-08-05, 23:56
5 bài tiếp (

6. Ivie Anderson, with Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - Mood Indigo
7. Bessie Smith - Keep on A Rainin!
8. Peggy Lee - My Old Flame
9. Lena Horne - Beale Street Blues
10. Billie Holiday - All Of Me
04-08-05, 00:16
5 bài nữa (

11. Rosetta Howard - Let Your Linen Hang Low
12. Ida Cox - Hard Time Blues
13. Bessie Smith - Send Me To The L’Ectric Chair
14. Mildred Bailey - Georgia On My Mind
15. Billie Holiday - Good Morning, Heartache
04-08-05, 00:30
5 bài này nữa là hết (

16. Maxine Sullivan - It Ain’t Necessarily So
17. Bessie Smith - St. Louis Blues
18. Anita O’Day - Ain’t Misbehavin’
19. Ella Fitzgerald - Baby Won’t You Please Come Home?
20. Lillian Flinn - Cravin’ A Man Blues