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Female Blues Singers, Vol. 9: H2 (1923-1930)

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The complete recordings of three singers, plus the early sessions of Edmonia Henderson, are on Vol. 9 of this 14-CD series. Henderson, whose 1925-27 dates are available elsewhere, is heard on her first nine selections (from 1923-24) and shows that she was an excellent vaudevillian classic blues singer. She is joined on some numbers by Lovie Austin's Blues Serenaders (with cornetist Tommy Ladnier and, on "Jelly Roll Blues," clarinetist Johnny Dodds). The completely obscure Lena Henry is OK on six numbers from 1924, Lethia Hill is excellent on her only recording ("Old North State Blues"), being clearly inspired by cornetist Bubber Miley, and Mattie Hite is heard on six numbers from 1923-1924 (some with Fletcher Henderson and Coleman Hawkins) a final pair from 1930 with pianist Cliff Jackson. Interesting historic music.

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