Cleo Brown

Here Comes Cleo

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Cleo Brown impressed a lot of folks with her jazz piano and swinging vocals during the 1930s and 1940s before abruptly retiring from her recording career until Marian McPartland coaxed her into appearing on her NPR radio program, as well as making a final CD for Jazzology, both near the end of Brown's life. This Hep compilation includes 27 of Brown's recordings from the 1930s. While many of these songs have long since fallen into obscurity, Brown's approach to songs sometimes suggests Fats Waller, though she is a bit more subtle with her vocals than Waller. Her rapid-fire treatment of Pinetop Smith's "Boogie Woogie" is easily the most memorable track, though her stride piano chops in her own "Pelican Stomp" (an unaccompanied performance) are also quite impressive. The source material for this CD varies quite a bit in sound quality, but the digital remastering minimizes the distraction of the occasional noisy track. Recommended.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:12
2 2:36 SpotifyAmazon
3 2:41
4 2:41 SpotifyAmazon
5 1:21 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:16 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:56 SpotifyAmazon
8 2:32 SpotifyAmazon
9 2:38 SpotifyAmazon
10 2:41 SpotifyAmazon
11
2:45 SpotifyAmazon
12
3:04 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:49 SpotifyAmazon
14 2:44 SpotifyAmazon
15
2:53 SpotifyAmazon
16
2:38 SpotifyAmazon
17 2:22 SpotifyAmazon
18 2:27 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:38 SpotifyAmazon
20
2:09 SpotifyAmazon
21 2:11 SpotifyAmazon
22 3:28 SpotifyAmazon
23
2:42 SpotifyAmazon
24 2:48 SpotifyAmazon
25
3:00 SpotifyAmazon
26
2:51 SpotifyAmazon
27
2:36 SpotifyAmazon
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