Confessin' the Blues

Confessin' the Blues

by Carrie SmithCarrie Smith


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This CD reissues not only Carrie Smith's original hard-to-find Black & Blue LP, but six selections from two other sessions including three previously unissued alternate takes. Smith, who was coming into her own during this period, is in top form on a variety of vintage material ranging from Bessie Smith songs in the 1920s to the '50s Ruth Brown hit "Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean" and Big Bill Broonzy's "When I've Been Drinkin'." It is interesting to hear some of the altered lyrics, which have been changed to reflect a female rather than a male singing; "I Want a Little Boy" is the most obvious example. Most selections find Smith backed by a quartet that includes tenor saxophonist George Kelly and pianist Ram Ramirez, while a few of the added tracks have short spots for trumpeter Doc Cheatham and trombonist Vic Dickenson. This is one of the best Carrie Smith CDs currently available.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/03/1993
Label: Evidence
UPC: 0730182602128
catalogNumber: 26021

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carrie Smith   Primary Artist,Vocals
Budd Johnson   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Hank Jones   Piano
Eddie Barefield   Alto Saxophone
Oliver Jackson   Trumpet,Drums
George Kelly   Tenor Saxophone
Charles Thompson   Piano
George Duvivier   Bass
Doc Cheatham   Trumpet
Vic Dickenson   Trombone
Panama Francis   Trumpet,Drums
Hall   Bass
Eddie Locke   Trumpet,Drums
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Piano
Dick Vance   Trumpet
Billy Butler   Guitar

Technical Credits

Jay McShann   Composer
Buddy Tate   Arranger
W.C. Handy   Composer
Walter Brown   Composer
Disques Black and Blue   Producer
Jerry Gordon   Producer,Reissue Producer
Martha E. Koenig   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Chip Deffaa   Liner Notes
Edward VanLandeghem   Engineer

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