Various Artists

The Blues and All That Jazz

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This long out-of-print LP features performances from some of the many blues-oriented jazz singers who recorded for Decca, mostly during the 1939-41 period. Rosetta Howard is heard on three songs and Georgia White pops up once while Trixie Smith, Blue Lu Barker, Peetie Wheatstraw, Johnny Temple, Big Joe Turner and Cousin Joe (from 1947) have two appearances apiece. Among the sidemen are The Harlem Hamfats, trumpeters Red Allen, Charlie Shavers and Jonah Jones, clarinetists Barney Bigard, Mezz Mezzrow, Buster Bailey and Edmond Hall, tenorman Chu Berry, Sidney Bechet on soprano (with Trixie Smith), guitarist Teddy Bunn, pianists James P. Johnson, Lil Armstrong, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Art Tatum and Sammy Price. The music is generally quite spirited and many of the sidemen have their chances to make their presence known. Most of these selections have since appeared on CD.