A Retrospective 1947-1964 (2-CD)
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  • Joan Shaw (Aka Salena Jones)
    Joan Shaw (Aka Salena Jones)

Joan Shaw

A Retrospective 1947-1964 (2-CD)

Fresh Sound Records

Joan Shaw (vcl), Billy Ford (dir, vcl), Emmett Berry, King Porter, Francis Williams, Ernie Royal (tp), Ted Donnelly, Tyree Glenn (tb), Charles Q. Price, George Dorsey, Romeo Penque (as), Buddy Tate, Billy Mitchell, Louis Barnett, Hal Singer, Freddie Mitchell, Seldon Powell, (ts), Paul Williams, Eddie Barefield, Sol Schlinger (bs), Bill Doggett, Floyd Taylor, Billy Taylor, Danny Small, Ernie Hayes, Herman Foster (p), Louis Speiginer, Skeeter Best, John Pizzarelli (g), Benny Booker, John Holiday, Al Lucas, George Duvivier, Milt Hinton, Earl May (b), Chico Hamilton, Bill Benjamin, Chris Columbus, Bruno Carr, Joe Marshall (d), Sampson Horton, Sid Feller, Don Costa, Chuck Sagle, Bill Ramal (dir, arr)

Reference: FSRCD 920

Bar code: 8427328609203


Not many people will remember the name Joan Shaw, a great singer who never really got her due in the early days of her career. Born in 1930 in Newport News, Virginia, home town of Ella Fitzgerald and Pearl Bailey, she began singing in amateur programs when she was 13. In December 1947 she made her recording debut as a featured jazz vocalist, singing 'Rain in My Eyes' with the Buddy Tate Orchestra. From 1949 on she toured and recorded with different groups during the R&B era and the rise of rock ‘n roll. In 1956 she tried the pop route, recording with strings and commercial arrangements, but it didn’t work.

A better future loomed when eminent jazz critic Leonard Feather hailed her as “one of the most promising singers in the United States,” and in 1961, surrounded by fine jazzmen, she recorded her first album “Sings for Swingers,” for Epic Records. She played some of the best clubs on the contemporary circuit, recording “Joan Shaw in Person,” a live album with the Herman Foster trio. Despite good reviews, however, it proved to be a false dawn.

In 1965, faced with diminishing success—and racism—in the USA, she moved to Europe, reinvented herself as Salena Jones and finally went on to enjoy the long, successful career she deserved. This compilation presents a retrospective of her first recordings as Joan Shaw.


Sample this album
Disc 1
Disc 2
Total time: 138:58 min.

CD 1 - Singles

01. Rain in My Eyes (Schwartz-Davis) 3:05
02. He Knows How to Hucklebuck (Alfred) 2:43
03. Pretty Eyed Baby (Williams-Johnson) 2:45
04. Lonesome for My Baby (Biggs-Rickey-Reid) 2:57
05. Rock My Soul (August-Cook-Anderson) 2:28
06. I Love the Way You Love Me (Uncredited) 2:38
07. Evil Gal’s Daughter Blues (Leonard Feather) 2:40
08. You Drive Me Crazy (Shaw-De Costa-Berkson) 2:40
09. Why Don’t You Leave My Heart Alone (Shaw-De Costa-Berkson) 2:55
10. Baby Come On (Uncredited) 2:07
11. Oh How I Hate to Say Goodbye (Uncredited) 3:04
12. You Make Me Cry Myself to Sleep (Every Night) (Uncredited) 2:18
13. Do What You Want With Me (Uncredited) 2:24
14. Fly Away Heartaches (Uncredited) 2:46
15. I Want a Man for Christmas (Alice Simms-Joye Noel) 2:56
16. Ten Commandments of Love (Saxon-Lubin) 2:19
17. I Should Not Be Alone So Long (J.Shaw) 2:52
18. Hand-Holdin’ Baby (Shaw)2:18
19. Broken Heart (Shaw-Small) 2:43
20. Just Kiss Me (Stone) 2:16
21. Don’t You Remember? (Shaw) 2:41
22. The Time (Baby Washington) 2:18
23. I Don’t Wanna Cry (Over You Anymore) (Shaw) 2:06
24. Blue (Curtis-James) 2:01
25. Unsuspecting Heart (James-Beal-Shank-Singer) 2:13
26. That’s What I Get for Loving You (DeMetrius) 2:43
27. You Made Me Love You (Monaco-McCarthy) 2:32

CD 2 - Albums

01. Gotta Be This or That (Sunny Skylar) 2:37
02. Let Me Love You (Bart Howard) 3:13
03. Mississippi Mud (Harry Barris) 2:10
04. I’m Making Believe (Monaco-Gordon) 3:00
05. Lover (Rodgers-Hart) 2:20
06. I’m Beginning to See the Light (Ellington-George-Hodges-James) 3:05
07. Just Squeeze Me (Gaines-Ellington) 2:28
08. I Hadn’t Anyone Till You (Noble) 2:47
09. Then I’ll Be Happy (Claire-Brown) 2:38
10. Looking at You (Cole Porter) 7:20
11. Aren’t You Glad You’re You (Burke-Van Heusen) 2:12
12. Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries (Henderson-Brown) 2:09
13. Through a Long and Sleepless Night (Newman-Gordon) 2:22
14. This Is All I Ask (Gordon Jenkins) 5:10
15. Lover (Rodgers-Hart) 2:41
16. Fly Me to the Moon (Bart Howard) 4:42
17. Make Someone Happy (Styne-Comden) 2:19
18. I’ll Walk a Little Faster (Coleman-Leigh) 1:57
19. Where Did 20 Go (Addie Feiger) 4:41
20. My Mood Is You (Carl Sigman) 4:26
21. Sittin’ Alone and Counting My Tears (Jane Feather) 3:12
22. Moon River (Mancini-Mercer) 2:23
23. I Believe in You (Frank Loesser) 4:56

Album details

Sources CD 1:
Track #1, from the Supreme 78 rpm 1504
Track #2, from the Savoy 78 rpm 702
Track #3, from the Regal 78 rpm 3326
Tracks #4-5, from the Abbey 78 rpm 3030
Tracks #6-7, from the Coral 78 rpm 65086
Tracks #8-9, from the Gem 78 rpm 205
Tracks #10-11, from the Gem 78 rpm 209
Tracks #12-13, from the Gem 78 rpm 212
Track #14, from the Jaguar 78 rpm 3008
Track #15, from the Jaguar 78 rpm 3010
Tracks #16-17, from the Jaguar 78 rpm 3013
Tracks #18-19, from the ABC-Paramount 45 rpm Single 9724
Tracks #20-21, from the ABC-Paramount 45 rpm Single 9751
Tracks #22-23, from the ABC-Paramount 45 rpm Single 9970
Tracks #24-25, from the Epic 45 rpm Single 9368
Tracks #26-27, from the Colpix 45 rpm Single 625

Sources CD 2:
Tracks #1-12, from the 12" album "Joan Shaw Swings for Swingers" (Epic BN 601)
Tracks #13-23, from the 12" album "Joan Shaw in Person" (Sue LP 1031)

Joan Shaw, vocals in all tracks

Recording dates & musicians involved in the singles program are detailed in the booklet.

Personnel on #1-12:
Ernie Royal, trumpet; Richard Hixon, trombone; Eddie Caine, Romeo Penque, alto saxes; Seldon Powell, Boomie Richman, tenor saxes; Sol Schlinger, baritone sax; Moe Weschler or Ernie Hayes, piano; John Pizzarelli or Art Ryerson, guitar; George Duvivier or Milt Hinton, bass; Joe Marshall, drums. Bill Ramal, arranger.
Recorded in New York City, circa June 1961

Personnel on #13-23:
Herman Foster, piano; Earl May, bass; Bruno Carr, drums.
Recorded live at “Basin Street”, New York City, August 1964

Photo: Henry Parker (Epic)
Original liner notes: Leonard Feather (Epic), Del Shields (Sue)
This compilation produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Mono / Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered

Press reviews

"Here’s a lady that you’ll want to get to know. Joan Shaw (aka Salena Jones b. 1930) sang and toured with such notables as King Curtis, Cab Calloway, Big Maybelle and Louis Armstrong. She had a career as a R&B vocalist, but is overlooked here in the states as she spent most of her career in England and Europe. What did we miss?

Plenty! This 2 cd set is divided into “singles” from 1947-1962, with the supporting musicians ranging from orchestra’s lead by Hal “Cornbread” Singer, Buddy Tate and generic ensembles like “Blues Express Orchestra to rich orchestras arranged and conducted by Don Costa. Her voice has the range of Sarah Vaughan, but the earthiness of a Ruth Brown, and she digs deep with a swagger on pieces like “He Knows How To Hucklebuck” and “Pretty Eyed Baby.” She is as sassy as all get out on “I Want A Man For Christmas” and is smoky on “Hand-Holdin’ Baby.”

The second disc has the Joan Shaw Sings for Swingers from 1961, and it includes Ernie Royal/tp, John Pizzarelli/g, George Duvivier/b and Joe Marshall/dr with Bill Ramal’s arrangements. Royal is lush on “Let Me Love You” and the saxes swing with R&B dancers like “Lover” and even Duke Ellington’s “Just Squeeze Me’ get some grit under the fingernails. A 1964 gig in NYC has her with Herman Foster/p, Earl May/b and Bruno Carr/dr and she delivers a sexy samba on ”Through a Long And Sleepless Night” while stretching out slowly and with vulnerability on “Fly Me To The Moon.” She still has the swagger, as on “Sittin’ Alone and Counting Me Tears” and will make yu drop your jaw on “This Is All I Ask.” YOWZA!"

George W. Harris (March 27, 2017)


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