Maggie Jones

Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (May 1925- June 1926)/Gladys Bentley (1928-1929)

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Two different blues-oriented vaudeville singers are featured on this CD, which is the follow-up to Maggie Jones, Vol. 1. Jones had a strong voice and is heard on the first 16 selections, backed by some Fletcher Henderson sidemen (including cornetist Joe Smith), the St. Louis Rhythm Kings, clarinetist Bob Fuller, trumpeter Louis Metcalf, and pianist Clarence Williams, among others. In addition, this CD has all eight recordings by singer-pianist Gladys Bentley, a male impersonator whose style is a bit of an acquired taste; guitarist Eddie Lang is fortunately on four of the numbers. This well-done release is not essential but has its moments of interest.

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