Ethel Waters

1926-1929

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Few female jazz singers were on Ethel Waters' level during this period -- just Bessie Smith and Annette Hanshaw, and all three were quite different from each other. Waters has rarely sounded better than on the four numbers in which she is backed rather forcefully by pianist James P. Johnson (particularly "Guess Who's in Town" and "Do What You Did Last Night"), but she is also in fine form on the other small-group sides. "I'm Coming Virginia," "Home," "Take Your Black Bottom Outside," "Someday Sweetheart," and "Am I Blue" (which she introduced) are among the many gems on this highly recommended entry in Classics' chronological series.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:12
2 2:56
3 3:05
4 3:02
5 3:06
6 2:35
7 3:13
8 2:48
9 3:06
10 2:47
11 2:51
12 3:15
13 3:02
14 2:59
15 3:04
16 3:02
17 2:58
18 2:39
19 3:26
20 3:12
21 2:44
22
3:32
23 2:52
24 3:16
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