Black Bottom

Black Bottom

by Ma RaineyMa Rainey


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Appointed "Mother of the Blues" during her '20s heyday, singer Ma Rainey was one of the best of the many classic female blues singers of the period. An inspiration to the "Empress of the Blues," Bessie Smith, Rainey was a Georgia native who was discovered in Chicago during the early '20s. While not the possessor of a voice as powerful as Smith's, Rainey still cut a slew of strong sides featuring a fine blend of country blues intensity and jazz-band sophistication. This excellent Yazoo collection captures Rainey in her prime from 1924-1928. Backed by large combos and minimal guitar and piano tandems, Rainey shines on such highlights as "Booze and Blues," "Shave 'Em Dry," and "Lucky Rock Blues." Topped off with stellar contributions by blues and jazz luminaries like Don Redman, Coleman Hawkins, Kid Ory, and Georgia Tom Dorsey, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom makes for an excellent introduction to blues singer's small but potent catalog.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/1991
Label: Yazoo
UPC: 0016351017123
catalogNumber: 1071
Rank: 6886


  1. Oh Papa Blues
  2. Black Eye Blues (Take 1)
  3. "Ma" Rainey's Black Bottom
  4. Booze and Blues
  5. Blues Oh Blues
  6. Sleep Talking Blues (Take 1)
  7. Lucky Rock Blues
  8. Georgia Cave Walk
  9. Don't Fish in My Sea
  10. Stack O'Lee Blues
  11. Shave 'Em Dry Blues
  12. Yonder Come the Blues (Take 1)
  13. Screech Owl Blues
  14. Farewell Daddy Blues

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ma Rainey   Primary Artist,Vocals,Track Performer
Georgia Tom   Piano
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Claude Hopkins   Piano
Kid Ory   Trombone
Jimmy Blythe   Piano
Tampa Red   Guitar
Don Redman   Clarinet
Coleman Hawkins   Bass Saxophone
Tommy Ladnier   Cornet
Lovie Austin   Piano
Shirley Clay   Cornet
Charlie Dixon   Banjo
Fletcher Henderson   Piano
Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall   Drums
Jimmy O'Bryant   Clarinet
Miles Pruitt   12-string Guitar
Joe "Fox" Smith   Cornet
Wynn   Trombone
Jimmy Blake   Piano
Charlie Green   Trombone
Artie Starks   Clarinet
Harris   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Howard Scott   Cornet

Technical Credits

Ma Rainey   Composer
Robert Armstrong   Art Direction
Michael Berniker   Producer
Nick Perls   Producer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Stephen Calt   Liner Notes
Frank Deblase   Composer

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