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Album Review

Alberta Hunter's second recording since launching her remarkable comeback (she was 83 when this album was cut) finds the veteran blues singer (a survivor of the 1920s) still in surprisingly strong form and full of spirit. Such songs as "Darktown Strutters' Ball," "My Handy Man," "Old Fashioned Love" and "I've Got a Mind to Ramble" are given fine treatment by Hunter, who is joined by the Gerald Cook quartet, trombonist Vic Dickenson, trumpeter Doc Cheatham and tenorman Frank Wess on various tracks.

Customer Reviews

What a wonderful, sweet lady

First time I ever heard of this lady was in mid 70's - saw her perform in NY. In late 70's saw her at a high school in Franklin, VA. sponsorsed by a gentleman that took a bus load of people to NY to see annually. I was sitting in back of auditorium watchng her before anyone else arrived. She spotted my wife and I and some young children and told us to come down front. She talked to us for ~15 minutes about life and her life -- aimed mostly at the 3 or young people and she even addressed me as a youngster -- I was 40 at the time. What a thrill I have never forgotten. A lovely lady.

Alberta Hunter

Must see "Cookin at the Cookery" and you will run out and buy this!

What a Comeback!

I remember hearing Alberta Hunter on the Mike Douglas Show in the late 1960s or early 1970s. She was restarting her career that had started 30 or 40 years earlier and she was fantastic. She was a much more interesting singer in her 80s than she had been early on. She's supported by a fine combo of musicians, including Doc Cheatum who played for Ray Charles and who figured prominenly in the recent movie, "Ray".


Born: April 1, 1895 in Memphis, TN

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Alberta Hunter was a pioneering African-American popular singer whose path crosses the streams of jazz, blues and pop music. While she made important contributions to all of these stylistic genres, she is claimed exclusively by no single mode of endeavor. Hunter recorded in six decades of the twentieth century, and enjoyed a career in music that outlasted most human lives. Hunter was born in Memphis, and depending on which account you read, she either ran away from home or her family relocated to...
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