Various Artists

Boogie Blues:Women Sing & Play Boogie Woogie

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All 16 performances on this LP are boogie-blues and put the spotlight on female singers and/or pianists. There is a wide variety of material ranging from a Lil Armstrong piano solo from the soundtrack of the TV show Chicago & That Jazz in 1961 to Memphis Minnie, Ella Fitzgerald ("Cow Cow Boogie") and Dorothy Donegan in 1942. Other performers include Georgia White, Helen Humes, Lucille Bogan, Hazel Scott, Merline Johnson, Sweet Georgia Brown, Gladys Bentley, Christine Chatman, Hadda Brooks, Myrtle Jenkins, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Mary Lou Williams. As usual with Rosetta's albums, this obvious labor of love has informative liner notes, colorful pictures and many rare recordings that have not yet been reissued on CD.