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Album Review

This two-CD set spans Brooks' career from 1945 to 1998 and does a fine job of gathering bits and pieces from the veteran singer/pianist's catalog. Divided into two sections —"Hadda Sings" and "Hadda Swings" — which unsuccessfully tries to separate essentially similar patterns in Brooks' style and manner, this amounts to a representative, if incomplete, compilation of progressing, artistic achievement. The '90s recordings featured here aren't bad, but it's the late-'40s material — particularly Brooks' sublime take on "That's My Desire" — that gives I've Got News for You something to shout about.


Born: October 29, 1916 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '90s

In the mid- to late '40s, black popular music began to mutate from swing jazz and boogie-woogie into the sort of rhythm & blues that helped lay the foundation for rock & roll. Singer and pianist Hadda Brooks was one of the many figures who was significant in aiding that transition, although she's largely forgotten today. While her torch song delivery was rooted in the big-band era, her boogie-woogie piano looked forward to jump blues and R&B. Ironically, the same qualities that made her briefly successful...
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I've Got News for You, Hadda Brooks
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  • $24.99
  • Genres: Blues, Music, Jazz
  • Released: Feb 25, 1999

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