Tampa Red Vol 2 1929
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Complete Recorded Works (c. May 1928 to 4 December 1953)
Volume 2: 12th January 1929 to 27th June 1929
Featuring the recordings of:
Tampa Red The Guitar Wizard, With Georgia Tom : Tampa Red, vocal / guitar; Thomas A. Dorsey (Georgia Tom), piano / vocal on 2. Tampa Red The Guitar Wizard, guitar solo. The Hokum Boys: Tampa Red, guitar; Georgia Tom Dorsey, piano. Tampa Reds Hokum Jug Band: Tampa Red, guitar; unknown, piano; Bill Johnson, stand-up bass; Herman Brown, washboard; Carl Reid, jazzhorn / jug; Frankie Jaxon, vocal. Tampa Red And Georgia Tom: Tampa Red, vocal / guitar; Georgia Tom, piano. Tampa Red And Georgia Tom: Tampa Red, vocal (except 14) / guitar; Georgia Tom, vocal / piano. Gospel Camp Meeting Singers: Vocal group; acc. poss. Georgia Tom Dorsey, piano; Tampa Red, guitar. Tampa Red, vocal / guitar; Georgia Tom, vocal / piano. Frankie Half-Pint Jaxon, vocal / scraper; acc. prob. Georgia Tom Dorsey, piano; Tampa Red, guitar. Tampa Red, vocal / guitar; Georgia Tom, piano. Lil Johnson, vocal; accompanied by Charles Avery, piano; Tampa Red, guitar.
Genres: Blues, Blues Guitar, Blues Piano, Hokum, Georgia Blues, Early Chicago Blues, Female Blues, Jug Band, Gospel, National Guitar
Abridged from this albums original booklet notes. The first session included here is a remake of a session that took place in December 1928. Why the original titles were not released, is not quite clear. Anyway, the January 1929 session showed a mixture of straight, low down blues and so-called hokum blues. This was to become Tampa Reds trademark for the next three or four years. Following the success of Its Tight Like That, Tampa Red and Georgia Tom recorded a couple of titles in mid-tempo with a refrain and double-entendre lyrics, often combined with a tongue-in-cheek-way of looking at things. (What about this as a definition for hokum?) On five titles we also hear Frankie Half-Pint Jaxon, an enigmatic singer, who fits perfectly in Tampas hokum concept. A good example for Tampas guitar style is the aptly titled Voice Of The Blues. Georgia Tom handles the vocals here, and Tampa Red can concentrate on his guitar playing. His delicate slide playing, full of subtleties, conveys the right atmosphere for a real low down blues. It becomes evident that Tampa could get across much more of his feelings to the listener by his slide than by his singing (he never was much of a singer). The last session on this album displays another specialty of Tampa Red. Under the name of The Guitar Wizard that was to reappear time and again in his long career, he demonstrated all his abilities as a solo guitarist. And a true guitar wizard he was indeed!Teddy Doering Copyright 1991 & 2007 Document Records