(2000) Juanita Hall Sings The Blues

Juanita Hall

... read moreJuanita Hall is best-known for being a stage actress, playing Bloody Mary in South Pacific. However on this 1958 set for Counterpoint (which has been reissued on CD by Fresh Sound), she shows that she could effectively sing blues. Mostly sticking to songs from the Bessie Smith songbook (including...

37′:41″ 12 Songs

1
Juanita Hall
Lovin Sam, The Sheik From Alabam' (Album Version)
2:39
2
Juanita Hall
Gimme A Pigfoot And A Bottle Of Beer (Album Version)
3:29
3
Juanita Hall
After You've Gone (Album Version)
2:42
4
Juanita Hall
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out (Album Version)
3:44
5
Juanita Hall
A Good Man (Is Hard To Find) (Album Version)
3:53
6
Juanita Hall
Downhearted Blues (Album Version)
3:45
7
Juanita Hall
Baby Won't You Please Come Home (Album Version)
2:24
8
Juanita Hall
I Don't Want It Second Hand (Album Version)
2:48
9
Juanita Hall
Second Hand (Album Version)
2:32
10
Juanita Hall
You've Been A Good Old Wagon (Album Version)
3:23
11
Juanita Hall
Hold That Train (Album Version)
3:09
12
Juanita Hall
Gulf Coast Blues (Album Version)
3:13
Released 01 January 2000, ℗ 2000 Fantasy, Inc.

Review

Juanita Hall is best-known for being a stage actress, playing Bloody Mary in South Pacific. However on this 1958 set for Counterpoint (which has been reissued on CD by Fresh Sound), she shows that she could effectively sing blues. Mostly sticking to songs from the Bessie Smith songbook (including "You've Been a Good Old Wagon," "Gimme a Pigfoot" and "Nobody Wants You When You're Down and Out"), Hall's extroverted and shouting style fit the music quite well. Pianist Claude Hopkins arranged for the sextet and gathered quite an all-star backup group that includes tenor-saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, clarinetist Buster Bailey and trumpeter Doc Cheatham. Well worth getting. ~ Scott Yanow