Label: Document Records
Release Date: 1995
Releases: 1995, 2005
Recording Time: 01:10:00
Recording Date: April, 1925 - July, 1927
Styles: Classic Female Blues
The third of four "complete" Ida Cox CDs from Document has 14 selections from 1925, six from 1926 and four from 1927. Most of the sessions feature the masterful blues singer assisted by Lovie Austin's Blues Serenaders, whose personnel was changing during this era -- they featured either Tommy Ladnier, the underrated Bob Shoffner, Bernie Young or Shirley Clay on cornet, Jimmy O'Bryant or (on two songs) Johnny Dodds on clarinet, and other unidentified musicians, including a trombonist. In addition, there are three duets with banjoist Papa Charlie Jackson, a couple of numbers in which Cox is joined by cornetist Dave Nelson and Jesse Crump on reed organ, and the first four tunes from a lengthy 1927 set that has Cox accompanied only by Crump's piano. Most interesting is "How Long Daddy, How Long," which was the basis of Leroy Carr's famous "How Long Blues." Other highlights include "Long Distance Blues," "Southern Woman's Blues," "Coffin Blues" and Cox's famous "'Fore Day Creep." All four of the discs in this valuable series are easily recommended to serious blues collectors.
by Scott Yanow
Credits: Lovie Austin - piano, primary artist; Lovie Austin & Her Blue Serenaders - band; W.E. Burton - drums, group member; Shirley Clay - cornet, group member; John Cowley - liner notes; Ida Cox - composer, primary artist, vocals; Jesse Crump - piano, reed organ; Johnny Dodds - clarinet, group member; Dorothy Fields - composer; Reverend Charlie Jackson - composer; Papa Charlie Jackson - banjo, primary artist, vocals; Tommy Ladnier - cornet, group member; Jimmy McHugh - composer; Roger Misiewicz - collection; Dave Nelson - cornet; Jimmy O'Bryant - clarinet, group member; Kid Ory - group member, trombone; Johnny Parth - collection, compilation producer, producer; David Raksin - composer; Bob Shoffner - cornet, group member; F. Wess - composer; Gerhard Wessely - remastering; Houston Woodfork - banjo, group member; Albert Wynn - group member, trombone; Bernie Young - cornet, group member.
Tracks: 1) Cold and Black Ground Blues; 2) Someday Blues; 3) Mister Man, Pt. 1 (feat. Papa Charlie Jackson); 4) Mister Man, Pt. 2 (feat. Papa Charlie Jackson); 5) Mistreatin' Daddy; 6) Long Distance Blues; 7) Southern Woman's Blues; 8) Lonesome Blues; 9) How Long Daddy, How Long (feat. Papa Charlie Jackson); 10) How Can I Miss You When I've Got Dead Aim; 11) I Ain't Got Nobody; 12) Coffin Blues; 13) Rambling Blues; 14) One Time Woman Blues; 15) Trouble Trouble Blues; 16) Do Lawd Do; 17) I'm Leaving Here Blues; 18) Night and Day Blues; 19) Don't Blame Me (feat. Lovie Austin); 20) Scottle de Doo; 21) 'Fore Day Creep; 22) Gypsy Glass Blues; 23) Mojo Hand Blues; 24) Alphonsia Blues.