Blue & Boogie: The Empress of the Torch Blues
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Hadda Brooks

Blue & Boogie: The Empress of the Torch Blues

Ocium Rhythm & Blues

Hadda Brooks (p, vcl), Teddy Bunn, James Cannady (g), Red Callender, Elmer 'Basie' Day (b), Al 'Cake' Wichard (d), Taft Jordan (tp), Eddie Barefield, Sam 'The Man' Taylor (ts)

Reference: OCM CD 026

Hadda appears on big neon lights as a representative of the magical combination between Swing, Boogie & Blues that shook the 40's. The Queen Of the Boogie was the spark that lighted up the fever for this musical form by getting over all the barriers as a Blues balladeer. It's a genuine art based on romantic and elegant swing lyrics with which she was so successful on the charts, TV and Big Screen.

This CD, dedicated to her Modern and Okeh recordings (1945-1952), focuses on that delicious ambiguity of hers just before being put into the background behind the Rock & Roll opaque curtain. We should highlight some of her trios with brilliant guitarist Teddy Bunn in a state of subtle complicity, her rare session with Count Basie or Sam "The Man" Taylor / Eddie Barefield's soloist quality. Embarked on one of the biggest comebacks ever at her 80s, she keept charming a varied and dazzled public through her captivating musical look of yesteryear.


01. Swingin' The Boogie (2:52)
02. Blues In B-Flat (2:34)
03. Juke Box Boogie (2:53)
04. You Won't Let Me Go (3:18)
05. That's My Desire (2:46)
06. Trust In Me (3:19)
07. Humoresque Boogie (3:05)
08. Romance In The Dark (3:17)
09. Out Of The Blue (3:05)
10. Variety Bounce (2:31)
11. Honey, Honey, Honey (2:56)
12. Tootsie Timesie (2:21)
13. When A Woman Cries (3:24)
14. Schubert's Serenade In Boogie (2:41)
15. I Feel So Good (2:49)
16. Don't Call It Love (2:45)
17. All Night Long (2:58)
18. I'm Still In Love (3:11)
19. Time Was When (2:20)
20. Remember (3:00)
21. My Song (3:02)
22. Jump Back Honey (2:29)
23. You Let My Love Get Cold (2:35)
24. Dreamin' And Cryin' (2:45)
25. Brooks Boogie (2:50)

Total Time: 72:00 min. approx.

Personnel on tracks #1-9:
Hadda Brooks (p); Jimmy Black (as); Teddy Bunn (g); Elmer "Basie" Day (b); Al "Cake" Wichard (d).

Recorded in Los Angeles, 1945-1947

Personnel on tracks #10-12:
Hadda Brooks (p, vcl); Teddy Bunn (g); Red Callender (b); Al Wichard (d).

Recorded in Los Angeles, 1948

Personnel on tracks #13-16:
Hadda Brooks (p, vcl) with unknown musicians.

Recorded in Los Angeles, 1951

Personnel on tracks #17-20:
Hadda Brooks (p, vcl); Teddy Bunn (g); Unknown (b) & (d).

Recorded in Los Angeles, January 14, 1952

Personnel on tracks #21-22:
Hadda Brooks (vcl); Taft Jordan (tp); Ted Kelly (tb); Eddie Barefield (ts); Fred Williams (br); Howard Biggs (p); James Cannady (g); Abie Baker (b); Bill Jones (d).

Recorded in New York, August 18, 1952

Personnel on tracks #23-25:
Hadda Brooks (vcl, p on 25); Sam "The Man" Taylor (ts); Kelly Owens (p); James Cannady (g); Graham Moncur (b); Marty Wilson (d); Leroy Lirkland (arranger).

Recorded in New York, December 12, 1952


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