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lundi 18 novembre 2019

CHICAGO/ The Blues Yesterday Volume 24

CHICAGO/ The Blues Yesterday/ Volume 24

Our most popular Chicago/ The Blues Yesterday Series are here again... for a 24th Volume!
            Jimmy Binkley (born James H. Binkley 1st March 1923 in Chicago) was a popular blues, R&B and jazz pianist and bandleader who was quite active in the studios during the 1950's, playing several times a week in ballrooms and night clubs. He recorded behind many singers and the recordings under his own name are quite interesting, featuring vocalists like Harold Burrage and George Green. He relocated in Peoria (Illinois) during the early 1960's, becoming a local favorite until his death on 26th January 2015.

            Pianist and singer Jesse James (maybe a nickname) remains largely a mysterious artist. He was from Cincinnati, quite active during the 1930's and, according to Pigmeat Jarrett interviewed by Steve Tracy, Jesse was mainly a noted moonshiner who also played piano on the side. He recorded behind Walter Coleman and under his own name only those four very down home tracks at Chicago in 1936. His version of Roosevelt Sykes' Highway 61 is particularly striking.

Floyd Smith (1917-1982) is reputedly one of the first jazz and blues guitar player having recorded with an electric guitar (in fact, it was George Barnes in march 1938 and you may go years before if you accept to include Western Swing as a jazz form). Floyd recorded as a sideman in the early 1930's with different bands, particularly Andy Kirk's with his memorable solo Floyd's guitar blues that he would record again several times during his career. He then formed his own trio in Chicago, recording a handful of 78s in the Windy City before joining Bill Doggett and touring and recording until his death.

And then here are Bertha Chippe Hill's postwar Chicago recordings. Bertha (born Charleston, SC, 15 March 1905) was a star during the 1920's, in the Vaudeville circuit as well as on theatres and clubs. She was singing, dancing, playing the comedy and started a successful prewar recording career in 1925 for Okeh, waxing a good number of blues backed by stars of the era like Louis Armstrong, Richard M. Jones, Lonnie Johnson, Scrapper Blackwell and Tampa Red. After 1929, she retired from singing to raise her many children. She resumed her musical career in 1946, enjoying quite a following and even appearing at the Carnegie Hall and touring Europe. She died untimely when she was run over by a car in a street of New York on 7 May 1950.

JIMMY BINKLEY, pno; band. Chicago, Ill. 26 mars 1951
01. Nite life
02. Way down boogie (vcl: Harold Burrage)
Hot smoke
Jimmy Binkley, pno; George Green, vcl/dms, band. Chicago, Ill. février 1953
03. Say hey Sugar Ray
04. Finance man (vcl: George Green)
05. Brand new rockin' chair (vcl: George Green)
06. Midnite wail
Jimmy Binkley, pno; band. Chicago, Ill. juillet 1953
07. Blue blue night
08. The judge (vcl: George Green)
Jimmy Binkley, pno; band. Chicago, Ill. 6 janvier 1954
09. Boogie on the hour
10. Wine, wine, wine (vcl: George Green)
Jimmy Binkley, pno; band. Chicago, Ill. 24 janvier 1956
11. You made a boo-boo (vcl: unknown)
Messin' around (Thanks to Apesville for sharing this rare track)
Jimmy Binkley, vcl; band. Chicago, Ill. décembre 1956 (as Boogaloo and his Gallant Crew)
Talk about a party + Big fat lie (Thanks to Apesville for sharing those rare tracks)
JESSE "PIANO" JAMES, vcl/pno. Chicago, Ill. 1936
12. Highway 61 blues
13. Lonesome day blues
14. Southern Casey Jones
15. Sweet Patuni
FLOYD SMITH, g; Andy Kirk, b-sax; horns; Mary Lou Williams, pno; Booker Collins, bs; Ben Thigpen, dms. New York City, 16 mars 1939
16. Floyd's guitar blues
Floyd Smith, g;  Nat Jones, a-sax; Bill Huff, pno; Booker Collins, bs; Curtis Walker, dms. Chicago, Ill. décembre 1948
17. Floyd's guitar blues (Hy Tone)
Floyd Smith, vcl/g; Bill Huff, pno; Booker Collins, bs. Chicago, Ill. 8 juin 1949
18. Blue moods
19. Saturday nite boogie
BERTHA "CHIPPIE" HILL, vcl; Lee Collins, tpt; J.H. Shayne, pno; John Lindsay, bs; Baby Dodds, dms. Chicago, Ill. 4 février 1946
20. Charleston blues
21. How long blues
Bertha "Chippie" Hill, vcl; Lee Collins, tpt; Lovie Austin, pno; John Lindsay, bs; Baby Dodds, dms. Chicago, Ill. 5 février 1946
22. Trouble in mind
23. Careless love
24. Around the clock blues
25. Nobody knows you when you're down and out
Bertha "Chippie" Hill, vcl; Montana Taylor, pno; Almond Leonard, kazoo/wbd. Chicago, Ill. 18 avril 1946
26. Worried jailhouse blues
27. Black market blues
28. Mistreatin' Mr Dupree

jeudi 7 novembre 2019



For this 14th opus of our Detroit Blues Masters Series, we are featuring some more obscure Detroit and Toledo dwellers who nevertheless waxed some good to great blues.
            Alberta Adams (Roberta Louise Osborne born 2 July 1917 in Indianapolis and died on 25 December 2014 in Detroit) is certainly well known thanks to her "rediscovery" during the late XXth Century, a time when she recorded several very good albums and appeared on stages a little bit everywhere. But her recording debuts didn't bring her neither fame nor money. We feature here four from the five fine tracks she recorded in 1953 and 1962. Very much a great talent who has been too much neglected during her prime years.
            Fred Harris is a very obscure piano and organ player from Toledo, a city
100 kilometers South of Detroit situated in Ohio. He has recorded seven titles between 1950 and 1957 as Fred Harris and his Orchestra or The Red Tops Organ Trio who featured the hard blowing tenor saxophonist and sometimes singer Big Joe Burrell.
            Singer Alex Thomas has started as a vocalist and guitar player with no other than famed bands of Paul Williams and King Porter in 1947 and 1948 but his records were issued only years later and under the nickname...Muddy Waters or Muddy Walters! He recorded under his (almost) own name as Playboy Thomas in 1953. But whoever he was, his records are fine examples of Detroit blues.
            I must confess my total ignorance of who was the fine soul blues singer Irene Scott who recorded a handful of tracks in Detroit during the late 1960's backed by the Chicago band of the Scott Brothers. She is of course probably a relative of this musical family.
            And last but not least two much more downhome blues tracks by singer-guitarist Earl Chatman (sometimes spelled Chapman) from 1958. Chatman had also recorded a test for Fortune Records some years earlier in the company of pianist Henry Smith.
            Much of the meager facts I have been able to grab for this article come from the excellent website Detroit Blues Society. And of course every additional details about those very obscure bluesmen/women would be great!
                                                          Gérard HERZHAFT

ALBERTA ADAMS (Roberta Louise Osborne), vcl; Sonny Cohn, tpt; Leon Washington, t-sax; Mc Kinley Easton, b-sax; Earl Washington, pno; Jimmy Richardson, bs; Red Saunders, dms. Detroit, Mi. 16 July 1953
01. Messin' around with the blues
02. Remember
This morning
Alberta Adams, vcl; band. Detroit, Mi. March 1962
03. I got a feeling
04. Without your love
FRED HARRIS, vcl/pno; Frank Mc Kinley, tpt; William Newsum Jr, a-sax; Clarence Sherrill, bs; Erman Terry, dms. Toledo, Oh. 1950
05. Sad man blues
06. Cincinnati breakdown
07. Uptown
Fred Harris, og; Big Joe Burrell, t-sax; Louis Lee, dms. Toldeo, Oh. 1957
08. Organ rocker
09. In love with a woman (vcl: Big Joe Burrell)
10. Flang dang do
11. The bull
ALEX THOMAS (as Muddy Walters), vcl; Paul Williams, a-sax; John Lawton, tpt; Walter Cox, t-sax; T.J. Fowler, pno; Hank Ivory, bs; Clarence Stamps, dms. Detroit, Mi. 5 septembre 1947
12. Way late
Alex Thomas (as Muddy Walters), vcl; King Porter, tpt; Wild Bill Moore, t-sax; Detroit Count, pno; bs; dms. Detroit, Mi. 1948
13. Dissatisfied
14. Good morning pretty baby
Baby look at you
Alex Thomas (as Playboy Thomas), vcl/g; Floyd Taylor, pno; band. Detroit, Mi. 1953
15. Too much pride
16. No doubt about it
17. End of the world
Time will tell
IRENE SCOTT, vcl; The Scotts Brothers, band. Detroit, Mi. 1967
18. I'm stuck with my baby
19. Why do you treat me like you do?
Irene Scott, vcl; The Scott Brothers, band. Detroit, Mi. 1969
20. Everyday worries
21. You're no good
EARL CHATMAN, vcl; band. Detroit, Mi. 1958
22. Love you baby
23. Take two steps back

mercredi 6 novembre 2019

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