Noble Sissle

Sissle & Blake: Early Rare Recordings, Vol. 2

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The second (and now-rarer) of two LPs featuring vocalist Noble Sissle and pianist Eubie Blake has plenty of variety. The first side starts with Blake playing "Baltimore Buzz," "Ma!" and a 1933 medley (released here for the first time) of "Oh Me! Oh My!" and "Say It With Music" as piano solos. "Sweet Lady" finds Blake accompanying the unfortunate singer Irving Kaufman and backing Alberta Hunter on 1922's "I'm Going Away Just to Wear You Off My Mind," and there is a 1931 dance-band version of "My Blue Days Blew Over." The second half of the program has four duets by the Sissle-Blake team that were only previously out in England; there is a previously unreleased duet from 1926 and also a couple of 1920 selections featuring Sissle with an orchestra. Overall, although the performances are not programmed in strictly chronological order, this is a strong sampling of the historically significant music of Sissle and Blake.