Wild About That Thang - Ladies Sing the Blues

Wild About That Thang - Ladies Sing the Blues



The high rating for this compilation of Chicago blues women comes not from its star power -- clearly Koko Taylor is missing, at the very least -- but for its sheer power and the consistent quality of its performances. Assembled as part of Delmark's 50th Anniversary celebration, Wild About That Thang contains 13 burning tracks from the marginal -- Mary Johnson with the Dixie Stompers in two previously unissued performances from 1955 -- to the legendary -- Dinah Washington from 1945, with a Delmark recording featuring Charles Mingus, Lucky Thompson, and Milt Jackson in the band -- and everything in between. Thematically and stylistically, this set covers all the bases as well, from the hardcore electric Chicago blues on Big Time Sarah's "Long Tall Daddy," to the risqué, low-key, jazz blues of Blue Lu Barker's "Don't You Feel My Leg," and the bawdy Dixieland swing of Katherine Davis' version of the title track. But the single greatest accomplishment of this comp is how much it showcases current and recent blues singers form the Windy City. We might never have heard of the neo-trad high styles of Grana Louise, Davis, the spine-shaking soul-blues of Zora Young, or the tough and tender Karen Carroll without it. 13 fantastic cuts, a budget price, and the opportunity to learn something -- what more could you want?

Product Details

Release Date: 04/26/2005
Label: Delmark
UPC: 0038153091323
catalogNumber: 913

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Branch   Harmonica
Little Brother Montgomery   Piano
Danny Barker   Guitar
Earl Hines   Piano
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Ray Nance   Trumpet
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
Flip Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Betty Roché   Vocals
Edith Wilson   Vocals
Willie Kent   Bass
Bonnie Lee   Vocals
Zora Young   Vocals
Oliver Alcorn   Clarinet
Kenny Anderson   Trumpet
Tim Austin   Drums
Kenny Barker   Piano
Karen Carroll   Vocals
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Shad Collins   Trumpet
Don Franz   Trumpet,Tuba
Johnny B. Gayden   Bass
Jim Haislip   Trombone
Willie Henderson   Baritone Saxophone
Preston Jackson   Trombone
Shirley Johnson   Vocals
Wayne Jones   Drums
Teddy McRae   Tenor Saxophone
Bob Neighbor   Cornet
Ikey Robinson   Banjo
Red Saunders   Drums
Ken Saydak   Piano
Maurice John Vaughn   Guitar
Ed Wilkinson   Bass
Ernest Williamson   Bass
James Wheeler   Guitar
Hank Ford   Tenor Saxophone
Roy Rubenstein   Trombone
Emery H. Williams   Guitar
Bill Hargrave   Bass
Baldhead Pete   Drums
Norrie Cox   Clarinet
Roosevelt Purifoy   Organ
Frank Powers   Clarinet
Jack Kuncl   Banjo
Mary Johnson   Vocals
Willie "Vamp" Samuels   Bass
Willie J. Davis   Guitar
John Chapman   Piano

Technical Credits

Little Walter   Composer
Helen Humes   Composer
Jay McShann   Composer
Zora Young   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Nat Foster   Composer
Willie Henderson   Horn Arrangements
Mick Ralphs   Composer
Terry Thomas   Composer
Bob Koester   Liner Notes
Big Time Sarah   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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