Label: Stash Records - ST-101 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation, Reissue • Country: US • Genre: Jazz, Blues • Style: Country Blues, Chicago Blues, Big Band, Piano Blues, Delta Blues
Punch Miller or Alfred Bell tpt unknown pnoprob. Fred Williams dms Rec. June 10, Mx. C Unissued. John Pájaro Campana - Los Paraguayos* - Los Paraguayos pnounknown tpt, alt, sbs, dms. May 5, vcl Lovin' Sam Theard. Black Bob pnounknown sbs, gtr. Wilson and Kid Wesley Wilson vcl duet acc. Thomas A. Dorsey Georgia Tom pnoposs. April 19, vcl. Frankie Jaxon. Feb 17, May 12, This album is a show piece in the blues continuum, described by Leroi Jones as moving from its birth in the post-Civil War period from a highly personalized amalgam of the work-shout and the spiritual through the country blues to the sophisticated evolvement of the city blues coincident with the great migration from the rural South to the urban North after World War I.
This olio of predominantly urban blues does not represent a focus on the tragic aspects of being black in America, but rather the strong counterforce of joy, uninhibited, unrestricted, to be found in sex. Raw, earthy, unabashedly direct and more explicit than innuendoed, these are the genrecalled the dirty blues. The historic development of the blues, traces in music the social history of the Black American.
Its evolution demonstrated more forcefully, perhaps, than any other phenomenon how a people are molded by environmental factors that override genetic influences. That the direct sensuality expressed in these blues could be called "dirty" is a commentary on the sad quality of the lifeless puritanism of the Anglo-Saxon Protestant ethic against which American youth are moving today, but which Blacks rejected long ago, that is with the exception of upwardly striving Black bourgeoisie who wished to become Barbecue Bess - Various - Copulatin Blues Volume One copies of the white masters.
In fact, among the "respectables", as St. Clair Drake points out in Black Metropolis, the blues was not even allowed in the house because it was considered lower class. As Leroi Jones puts it, most succinctly. You can't talk about the blues without the dancing. These songs came out in a period when the dancing was as earthy as the music, if not more so. Rollin' butt, dry fuckin', the grind, dancin' on a dime, the bump and the mess around — all names accurately describing the movements of the dance.
These songs bring to mind Small's Paradise, dancing waiters, twirling their trays on one finger, Virgie At Dickie Wells, the after-hours joint, snatching rolled-up dollar bills off Barbecue Bess - Various - Copulatin Blues Volume One table with her vaginal orifice — Amy Spencer was said to be able to pick a dime up with hers as the depression shortened the loot.
Much of the material on Harlem never saw the light of day. It was considered "too raw" for conservative tastes. Fortunately, realism and honesty, "telling it like it is", ". Pere Bechet Popsin his prime, slides in on the intro with his magnificent full-bodied soprano saxophone. One almost wishes there'd be a full chorus of intro before the singer, Wilson Meyers, comes in and makes you forget the opening. Close listening will reveal the phenomenally light, but distinctive and avant-garde touch, of the brushwork of Kenny "Kluke" Clarke who was later to join with Yardbird Parker and Diz Someone Cares - Jeremy Jay - A Place Where We Could Go in creating BeBop.
Integration pardon the expression was way out in front in music. Jelly Roll Morton had played with the New Orleans Rhythm Kings in the Twenties and here Benny Goodman and Jack Teagarden play in a mixed outfit in with the much underrated revolutionary trumpeter, Frankie Newton, lovingly haunted by the inspiration of "Pops", the phenomenal and unique "Chu" Berry, a tenor sax tone as smooth as honey, Billy Taylor on string bass providing the background for Bessie and on this track it is clearly a labor of love.
When it first came out in the late 30's everybody in Harlem was singing the lyrics. He, with his sister, Winnie, danced at Babyfather - 419 famous Cotton Club — described Barbecue Bess - Various - Copulatin Blues Volume One the place where Broadway, Park Avenue, Hollywood and Harlem rubbed elbows.
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