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Blues for Rampart Street (Remastered)

Ida Cox & Coleman Hawkins Quintet

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Album Review

Classic blues singer Ida Cox had not recorded since 1940 nor performed regularly since the mid-'40s when she was coaxed out of retirement to record a date for Riverside in 1961. At 65 years old (some books list her as being 72), Cox's voice was a bit rusty and past its prime, but she still had the feeling, phrasing, and enough tricks to perform a strong program. With assistance from trumpeter Roy Eldridge, tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, pianist Sammy Price, bassist Milt Hinton, and drummer Jo Jones (swing-era veterans who came up after Cox was already a major name), the singer does her best on such numbers as "Wild Women Don't Have the Blues," "Blues for Rampart Street," "St. Louis Blues," and "Death Letter Blues." Since she passed away in 1967, this final effort (reissued on CD) was made just in time and is well worth acquiring by 1920s jazz and blues collectors.

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Classic Blues Woman

Without Ida Cox there'd be no Big Mama Thornton and, by extension, no Elvis, the Beatles and rock & roll. For 1924, this music has all the feeling and audacity found in the best subversive rock & rap music of our time. Uncompromising & absolutely awesome!

Blues for Rampart Street (Remastered), Coleman Hawkins Quintet
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