Sermonette & Confessin' the Blues (2 LPs on 1 CD) + Bonus Tracks
  • Riverside RS9425 Riverside RS9425
  • Billie Poole Billie Poole
  • Riverside RS9458 Riverside RS9458

Billie Poole

Sermonette & Confessin' the Blues (2 LPs on 1 CD) + Bonus Tracks

Fresh Sound Records

Billie Poole (vcl), accompanied by Orchestra Conducted by Jimmy Jones including Clark Terry (tp), Arrangements by Budd Johnson / Junior Mance (p), Kenny Burrell (g), Bob Cranshaw (b), Mickey Roker (d)

Reference: FSRCD 774

Billie Poole was a young girl from Californian who became known in Paris in the early 60s as a blues singer, in a style derivative of Bessie Smith and the heritage of the urban, vocalized blues form. Her own country wouldnt catch up until later, after her successful appearances in the clubs of the French capital helped her build a career. It was then that Riversde offered her a recording contract.

These two albumsSermonette and Confessin the Bluesare the result. They show her depth and range, her easy enunciation that allows for variety in interpretative phrasing, and the essential drive in her singing that fits so well within the blues medium. Miss Poole discloses herself as a musical dual personality. There was her natural blues personality and what one might term her other or standard personality. Her blues interpretations are just conventional blues vocals, strongly delivered with conviction and elan, and she exhibits another vocal personality when, far from a shouter, she sings standards, revealing herself as a sensitive interpreter of a ballad lyric and a warm vocalist of more romantic melody.


01. Drown in My Own Tears (Glover) 3:19
02. Lazy Afternoon (Latouche-J.Moross) 2:27
03. Sometimes Im Happy (Youmans-Caesar-Grey) 2:21
04. Rocks in My Bed (Ellington) 2:31
05. A Sunday Kind of Love (Leonard-Belle-Rhodes-Prima) 2:33
06. When Youre Smiling (Fisher-Goodwin-Shay) 2:18
07. This Cant Be Love (Hart-Rodgers) 2:22
08. Sermonette (Adderley-Hendricks) 2:18
09. Time After Time (Cahn-Styne) 2:49
10. Young Womans Blues (Smith) 2:39
11. I Could Have Danced All Night (Lerner-Loewe) 1:52
12. Hes My Guy (DePaul-Raye) 2:35
13. Confessin the Blues (Brown-McShann) 3:35
14. Them Blues (Jones) 2:07
15. God Bless the Child (Holiday-Herzog) 3:51
16. I Worry Bout You (Mapp) 3:21
17. Jailhouse Blues (Smith-Williams) 3:42
18. Stormy Weather (Arlen-Koehler) 4:26
19. The Man That Got Away (Arlen-Gershwin) 4:50
20. Keep Your Hand on Your Heart (Broonzy) 3:28
21. Aint That Love? (Charles) 3:48
22. Alone Together (Dietz-Schwartz) 2:35
23. When Your Well Runs Dry (Mapp) 2:47
24. Stormy Monday Blues (Crowder-Eckstine-Hines) 4:00
25. I Heard the News (Benjamin-Marcus) 1:55 (*)
26. Jet (Benjamin-Weiss-Revell) 2:18 (*)

(*) Bonus Tracks


Tracks #1-12, from the album "Sermonette" (Riverside RS9425)

Tracks #13-24, from the album "Confessin the Blues!" (Riverside RS9458)

Tracks #25-26, from the single 45 rpm (Riverside RF-4539)

Billie Poole, sings in all tracks

Personnel on "Sermonette":

Orchestra Conducted by Jimmy Jones, including Clark Terry, trumpet. Arrangements by Budd Johnson.

Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York City, 1962

Personnel on "Confessin' the Blues!":

Junior Mance, piano; Kenny Burrell, guitar; Bob Cranshaw, bass; Mickey Roker, drums.

Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York City, 1962

Original recordings produced by Orrin Keepnews
Recording engineer: Ray Fowler
Cover designs & photos: Ken Deardoff / Peter Oliver

Compiled for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered



"En ocasiones de nada sirve bucear en viejas enciclopedias y las nuevas, las digitales, recogen los contenidos de aquéllas, no nos engañemos siguiendo el rastro de un suceso o un personaje determinados que un día alcanzaron notoriedad. Nos deja un sentimiento de extrañeza. La misma que provoca la figura de Billie Poole, una cantante de blues de la que sabemos que fichó para Riverside luego de que Bill Graues la descubriera en un club parisino, contrato que dio de sí estos dos discos. A partir de aquí nada más se sabe de ella. Estas dos grabaciones de 1962 muestran las dos caras de la californiana: si en 'Sermonette' la encontramos haciendo suyos standards clásicos como This cant be love o Time after time acompañada por la orquesta de Jimmy Jones, en 'Confessin the Blues', un disco igualmente marcado por el acompañamiento (el trío de Junior Mance con Kenny Burrell), predomina su vertiente blues, la más genuina. En él, el bailable Them Blues y versiones de Bessie Smith, Big Bill Broonzy y otros."

Rafa Martinez (4 Septiembre, 2013)
Cultura/s - La Vanguardia


-Confessin the Blues!

"This CD brings both Riverside albums cut by singer Billie Poole. Other than a single from a few years earlier, the two sets were Poole's entire recording legacy. Poole was an expressive singer who felt most comfortable on blues-oriented material. For this date, she was assisted by an unbeatable rhythm section (guitarist Kenny Burrell, pianist Junior Mance, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Mickey Roker) and performed mostly vintage material, with a few more recent songs added for variety. Poole sounds fine on such tunes as "Confessin' the Blues," "Stormy Weather," "Alone Together," and even "God Bless the Child."

Scott Yanow -All Music Guide


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