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Stuff Smith With The Henry Chaix Trio - Late Woman Blues (1965)

5-01-2014, 10:26
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Stuff Smith With The Henry Chaix Trio - Late Woman Blues (1965)

Artist: Stuff Smith With The Henry Chaix Trio
Title Of Album: Late Woman Blues
Year Of Release: Year: 1965, release: 2002
Label: Storyville Records
Genre: Jazz, Swing
Quality: MP3 320 kbps
Total Time: 1:01:56
Total Size: 142,11 MB

Stuff Smith spent the final two years of his life performing in Europe; this previously unreleased Swiss concert from 1965 was finally released some 36 years later. The violinist is accompanied by stride pianist Henri Chaix, young bassist Michel Guillemin, and fellow American expatriate Wallace Bishop (who had resided in Europe since 1950) on drums. Smith is in top form, though the inexperience of the bassist is rather obvious during the awkward introduction to "Perdido"; fortunately, things improve rapidly afterwards. In addition to his swinging fiddle, Smith's hoarse vocals are a riot in his "Late Woman Blues" (also known as "Blues in B Flat"), while he breaks up one of his sidemen with his singing of "On the Sunny Side of the Street." The instrumentals are mostly familiar to Smith's fans, including "Take the 'A' Train" and "How High the Moon," though it is the adventurous and occasionally dissonant take of "Body and Soul," a standard rarely played by the violinist, that takes top honors. The sound is very good for such a vintage recording. Swing fans will consider this long-hidden treasure to be an essential CD.


01. C Jam Blues
02. Perdido
03. Late Woman Blues
04. How High The Moon
05. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
06. Take The A Train
07. Body And Soul
08. After You've Gone
09. Oh, Lady Be Good
10. Rosetta


Stuff Smith – violin & vocal,
Henri Chaix – piano,
Michel Guillemin – bass,
Wallace Bishop - drums

Recorded live at Jazz In Der Kantonsschule, Baden, Switzerland on May 29, 1965.

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