This is an album that should not have worked. LaVern Baker (a fine R&B singer) was joined by all-stars from mainstream jazz (including trumpeter Buck Clayton, trombonist Vic Dickenson, tenor-saxophonist Paul Quinichette and pianist Nat Pierce) for twelve songs associated with the great '20s blues singer Bessie Smith. Despite the potentially conflicting styles, this project is quite successful and often exciting. The arrangements by Phil Moore, Nat Pierce, and Ernie Wilkins do not attempt to re-create the original recordings; Baker sings in her own style (rather than trying to emulate Bessie Smith), and the hot solos work well with her vocals.
This document of Smith's first year in the studio reveals a blues giant in full command of her talents. And while later dates - especially the epochal 1925 sessions with Louis Armstrong - offer more in the way of the era's horn-blowing royalty, these early sides nicely showcase Smith in the unadorned company of a variety of top pianists like Clarence Williams and Fletcher Henderson. The Empress of the Blues flexes her vocal muscle throughout, ranging from Broadway fare like "Baby Won't You Please Come Home" to the dark-hued rumblings of "Graveyard Dream Blues." She also revels in the provocative ambiguities of "Nobody in Town Can Bake a Sweet Jelly Roll" and puts her stamp on the future blues warhorse "'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do…
Daniel Weltlinger was born in Sidney, Australia, but has always traveled the world and calls the German capital his home. Weltlinger is best known for his distinctive sound and improvisational approach in the genres of gypsy swing, jazz, klezmer and experimental / free improvised music.
Double-CD with electronic artists from all over the world doing their own personal versions of famous Kraftwerk-songs. In the line up is Apoptygma Berzerk, Leather Strip, Psyche, Welle Erdball, Xingu Hill, Imminent Starvation, Aiboforcen, Ionic Vision, Laura Effect, Trylok, Axiome and many more.