Bessie Smith - The Essential Bessie Smith (1997)
2CD | EAC-Rip | FLAC-image +cue +log +Booklet/SCANS | September 23, 1997 | 457 Mb
Genre: Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Sony | Hotfile, Fileserve
Bessie Smith was crowned the Empress of the Blues, and, while this moniker was well deserved, she was much more. A prolific recording artist, Smith was quite an eclectic performer. In fact, she may have been one of the first true crossover artists. This neat two-disc set gives the listener a good sampling of her wide repertoire. Smith is backed up by some of the best jazz musicians of her era. Her rendition of "St Louis Blues" for example, features the horn work of a young Louis Armstrong.