Annette Hanshaw is one of the few ‘pop’ vocalists of either sex from the Jazz Age, who can genuinely be called a jazz singer: her natural sense of timing and rhythm worked equally well with straight dance bands and small jazz combinations.
The CD opens with three tracks by the Original Memphis Five
CD opens with three tracks by the original Memphin Five. Annette’s vocal work fits in perfectly with the bouncy rhythm the band generates.
The tracks by the Four Instrumental Stars are well-known to most collectors, but are rarely heard on re-issues as crystal clear as they are here.
“When I Am Housekeeping For You” is a great side, issued on the rare Paramount Publix label. Perfectly suited to her vocal style, as indeed are the musicians themselves, who include Glenn Miller and Jimmy Dorsey.
This is an interesting and worthwhile collection and shows off Annette Hanshaw’s ability to craft a fine vocal to perfection. Transfers by Harry Coster are excellent throughout.
- VJM, Max Easterman
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