Various Artists

Vocal Blues & Jazz 1921-1930

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The complete works of four 1920s singers (with the exception of two titles from Alma Henderson that are available elsewhere) are on this interesting but not essential disc. None of the singers are all that great. Inez Richardson's two titles from July 1921 are primarily of interest due to them being recorded so early in the blues craze. Kitty Irvin fares better during her two titles from October 1924 (which includes the jazz standard "Copenhagen"), assisted by clarinetist Volly DeFaut and pianist Walter Melrose. Alberta Jones is heard on 15 selections from eight different sessions. Most of her backup musicians are unknown, but "Lucky Number Blues" and "I'm Gonna Put You Right in Jail" find her backed by pianist Duke Ellington and altoist Otto Hardwicke in October 1926. Finally, there are four numbers from Alma Henderson in 1927 (two previously unreleased) which are of greatest interest due to guitarists Lonnie Johnson and Eddie Lang being on two selections apiece. The music is mostly listenable, but not a must.

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