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jeudi 4 janvier 2018

CHICAGO/ The Blues Yesterday Vol. 21

CHICAGO/ The Blues Yesterday Vol. 21


           
Pour ce 21ème volume de notre série Chicago/ The Blues Yesterday, explorons encore la grande diversité des blues de Chicago des années 1940-60 entre jazz/R&B, country blues venu du Sud et Soul blues.
            La chanteuse et pianiste Lil Palmore, accompagnée de Willie Dixon et d'un guitariste qui est probablement Leonard Caston était une figure favorite des clubs chics des bords du Lac Michigan (Garrick Stage Bar, Hurricane, Ritz Lounge, Pitts Pub) et, outre ce single pour Ebony, elle a enregistré avec Brother John Sellers, Little Brother Montgomery et Jimmy "Boo Boo" Blazer.
            Le saxophoniste-tenor Claude Mc Lin (1925-95), natif de Chicago, a étudié la musique à la célèbre Du Sable High School et a commencé sa carrière de musicien professionnel en 1946 auprès de grands noms du jazz comme Lester Young ou Gene Ammons, jouant aussi quasiment tous les jours dans les clubs de Chicago. Dirigeant son propre orchestre, il enregistre à partir de 1950 à Chicago puis Hollywood où il s'était installé au milieu des années 50, participant alors à d'innombrables séances d'enregistrement derrière Amos Milburn, Red Callender etc...
            Little Son Joe (Ernest Lawlars) (1900-1961) est surtout bien connu en tant que mari et accompagnateur guitariste de Memphis Minnie à partir de 1939. Né à Hughes (Arkansas), il a accompagné Robert Wilkins à Memphis avant de rencontrer Minnie. Joe a aussi enregistré dix superbes titres de sa composition - dont le classique Black rat swing - sous son nom entre 1939 et 1953.
            Enfin, la chanteuse Mitty Collier (née en 1941 à Birmingham, Al) a représenté la Soul naissante à Chicago durant les années 60. Venue du Gospel, Mitty a enregistré pour Chess une quinzaine de 45t produits par Ralph Bass, entourée des habituels musiciens des studios Chess comme Cash Mc Call. Nous présentons ici certains des morceaux les plus bluesy de cette période. A la fin des années 1960, Mitty a quitté Chess et Chicago pour continuer une carrière à Birmingham, de plus en plus tournée vers le Gospel. Elle est devenue pasteur de son église en 1989.
                                                           Gérard HERZHAFT

            For this 21st volume of our Chicago/ The Blues Yesterday series, let's delve again into the great diversity of the many blues played in Chicago during the 1940's-60's: jazzy blues, R&B, Country blues coming from the Deep South and Soul blues...
            Singer and piano player Lil Palmore was a favorite in the uptown Chicago clubs during the late 1940's: Garrick Stage Bar, Hurricane, Ritz Lounge, Pitts Pub... Outside this Ebony single featured here in which she is backed by Willie Dixon and probably guitarist Leonard Caston, Lil has also recorded with Brother John Sellers, Little Brother Montgomery and Jimmy "Boo Boo" Blazer.
            Saxophonist Claude Mc Lin (1925-95) was born in Chicago and studied music at the famous Du Sable High School. He started a musical career in 1946, playing also in the best jazz and R&B Chicago clubs with Lester Young, Gene Ammons or as the leader of his own band. He recorded under his own name from 1950 in Chicago and then Hollywood where he settled down during the mid-50's, being on numerous sessions backing artists like Amos Milburn or Red Callendar.
            Little Son Joe (Ernest Lawlars) (1900-61) is of course mostly known as the guitarist husband of the great Memphis Minnie, recording constantly with her from 1939. Before that, Joe (born in Hughes, Arkansas) teamed with Robert Wilkins. Joe also recorded 10 tracks under his own name, mostly his own striking compositions (like the all time classic Black rat swing) between 1939 and 1953.
            At last, Mitty Collier (born in Birmingham, Al, 1941), starting to sing Gospel at an early age, shows the beginning of the Chicago Soul blues. She recorded for Ralph Bass more than a dozen singles between 1961 and 1967, backed by the usual Chess session musicians like guitarist Cash McCall. During the late 1960's, Mitty left Chicago, pursuing a career more and more in a Gospel vein. We have selected some of her bluesiest tracks.
                                                                       Gerard HERZHAFT



CHICAGO/ The Blues Yesterday Vol. 21
LIL PALMORE, vcl/pno; prob. Leonard Caston, g; Willie Dixon, bs. Chicago, Ill. 1948
01. I believe I'll go back home
02. Lil's Caldonia boogie
CLAUDE MC LIN, t-sax; t-sax; Rudy Mason, g; Eddie Baker, pno; Walter Sprately, bs; James King, dms. Chicago, Ill. 21 juillet 1950
03. Benny's bounce
Mona Lisa
Claude Mc Lin, t-sax; Norman Simmons, pno; band. Chicago, Ill. novembre 1950
04. Tennessee waltz
05. Pop goes the Weasel
Claude Mc Lin, t-sax; Norman Simmons, pno; Rudy Mason, g; Wlater Spratley, bs; James King, dms. Chicago, Ill. 7 août 1951
Sweet hips
Never mind
Claude Mc Lin, t-sax; L.C. Cohen, vcl; Berkeley Kendrix, pno/og; Oscar Lee Bradley, dms. Los Angeles, Ca. février 1958
06. That's cool man
07. Slow drag
Claude Mc Lin, t-sax; Berkeley Kendrix, og; g; Oscar Lee Bradley, dms. Los Angeles, Ca. Avril 1958
08. So fine
09. You're looking good
Claude Mc Lin, t-sax; Daniel Horton, og; Oliver Berry, dms. Los Angeles, Ca. 1964
10. Jambo I & II
LITTLE SON JOE (Ernest Lawlars), vcl/g; Memphis Minnie, g; Fred Williams, dms. Chicago, Ill. 3 février 1939
11. Diggin' my potatoes
12. A.B.C. blues
13. Bone yard blues
14. My black buffalo
15. Tuff luck blues
16. Key to the world
Little Son Joe, vcl/g; Memphis Minnie, g; Alfred Elkins, bs. Chicago, Ill. 12 décembre 1941
17. Black rat swing
18. Just to had to holler
Little Son Joe, vcl/g; Memphis Minnie, g; Little Brother Montgomery, pno; dms. Chicago, Ill. 5 octobre 1953
19. Ethel Bea
20. A little too late
MITTY COLLIER, vcl; Cash Mc Call, g; band. Chicago, Ill. 1963-67
21. Free girl
22. Pain
23. My babe
24. I'm your part time love
25. Come back baby
26. Git out



15 commentaires:

  1. CHICAGO/ The Blues Yesterday Vol. 21

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/5mnya3ldxbepxy0/CHBlYy21.zip

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  2. Thanks for this chapter of that wonderful collection you created, Gerard! Happy New Year for you!!!

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    1. And thank YOU muddyw123 for your help and support!

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  4. Gerard-- this will not download on mediafire.

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    1. Duane, it works perfectly for me.... Can't explain that! Try again avoiding IE and with adBlock. I can't do better as zippy is removing files as quick as I post it!

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  5. Excellent start to the New Year Gerard. All the best to you for a great year. Thank you very much.

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  6. thank you very much .... good year ... !!!

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  7. Many thanks Gerard for another fine collection of Chicago blues. And I'd like to wish you and your family all the best for 2018.

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  8. Many Thanks for this & all your fine posts.
    Best Wishes for the New Year
    David

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  9. Thanks to all of you who wishes me a happy new year and I wish you the same, a great 2018 with a lot of good things to come for you and your families... And of course more of great music to come!
    Merci beaucoup à ceux qui me souhaitent une bonne année. Je fais de même pour vous et vos proches... que 2018 soit excellente dans tous les domaines. Et bien sûr avec encore beaucoup de bonnes musiques!

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  10. Thanks for another great post , as long as this blog is active , nothing can go wrong for real Blues-lovers , thanks for all you do
    Marc .

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  11. Bonne Année et encore une fois Merci

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