CD Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1924-1925) [Ida Cox] (CD 868272),
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Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1924-1925) [Ida Cox]

  • 1. Mean Lovin' Man Blues - (take 3)
    2. Down the Road Bound Blues - (take 2)
    3. Last Time Blues - (take 2)
    4. Worried Any How Blues
    5. Chicago Monkey Man Blues - (take 1)
    6. Chicago Monkey Man Blues - (take 2)
    7. Mean Papa Turn Your Key
    8. Blues Ain't Nothin' Else But! - (take 2)
    9. Worried in Mind Blues - (take 1)
    10. My Mean Man Blues - (take 1)
    11. Kentucky Man Blues
    12. Cherry Picking Blues
    13. Wild Women Don't Have the Blues
    14. Worried in Mind Blues - (take 3)
    15. Death Letter Blues
    16. My Mean Man Blues - (take 4)
    17. Those Married Man Blues
    18. Misery Blues
    19. Graveyard Bound Blues
    20. Mississippi River Blues
    21. Georgia Hound Blues
    22. Blue Kentucky Blues
    23. Black Crepe Blues
    24. Fare Thee Well Poor Gal
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5323

  • Credits
    ProducerJohnny Parth (Compilation)

    Personnel includes: Ida Cox, The Pruitt Twins, Lovie Austin, Jimmy O'Bryant, Tommy Ladnier, Johnny Dodds, Fletcher Henderson, Charlie Green, Don Redman, Elmer Chambers.
    Recorded between March 1924 and April 1925. Includes liner notes by John Cowley.
    Personnel: Ida Cox (vocals); Miles Pruitt (guitar, banjo); Charlie Dixon (banjo); Don Redman (clarinet, soprano saxophone); Stump Evans, Jimmy O'Bryant, Johnny Dodds (clarinet); Charles Harris (alto saxophone); Elmer Chambers, Tommy Ladiner, Howard H. Scott (cornet); Charlie Green (trombone); Lovie Austin & Her Blue Serenaders, Fletcher Henderson (piano); Kaiser Marshall (drums).
    Audio Remasterer: Gerhard Wessely.
    Liner Note Author: John Cowley.
    Recording information: Chicago, IL (03/1924-04/1925); New York, NY (03/1924-04/1925).
    Unlike most of her contemporaries, who spent at least part of their time singing vaudeville-type material and pop songs, Ida Cox stuck throughout her career to the blues. On the second of four Document CDs that reissue all of her 1920s material (although some of the many alternate takes are bypassed), Cox is mostly accompanied by either Lovie Austin's Blues Serenaders (which usually includes cornetist Tommy Ladnier and clarinetist Jimmy O'Bryant, although the great Johnny Dodds is on six selections) or, on one date, members of Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra. The recording quality of these Paramount 78s (which cover a 13-month period) is erratic, but there are a few classics here, including "Chicago Monkey Man Blues" (which has some lyrics that would later be used for "Going to Chicago"), "Blues Ain't Nothin' Else But," "Wild Women Don't Have the Blues" and "Death Letter Blues." Throughout, Ida Cox (who was second to Bessie Smith at the time) is quite consistent, making the most of her limitations. Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow

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