Bessie Smith

Sarah Lenka - I Don't Dress Fine, Sarah Sings Bessie Smith (2016)

Sarah Lenka - I Don't Dress Fine, Sarah Sings Bessie Smith (2016)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 40:59 min | 101 MB
Genre: Vocal Jazz, Folk, Blues | Label: jazz&people

Elle ne faisait rien comme les autres, et surtout pas rentrer dans le rang. Voilà pourquoi Sarah Lenka chante Bessie Smith. Dans un registre folk-blues teinté de jazz, totalement acoustique, qui permet d’en redécouvrir l’émotion, Sarah Lenka restitue sans fard toute la profondeur de la Reine du Blues.
LaVern Baker - LaVern Baker Sings Bessie Smith (1958) Reissue 1997

LaVern Baker - LaVern Baker Sings Bessie Smith (1958) Reissue 1997
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 284 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Rhythm & Blues, Jump Blues | Label: Sequel/Atlantic | # RSA CD 914 | Time: 00:42:04

This is an album that should not have worked. LaVern Baker (a fine R&B singer) was joined by all-stars from mainstream jazz (including trumpeter Buck Clayton, trombonist Vic Dickenson, tenor-saxophonist Paul Quinichette and pianist Nat Pierce) for twelve songs associated with the great '20s blues singer Bessie Smith. Despite the potentially conflicting styles, this project is quite successful and often exciting. The arrangements by Phil Moore, Nat Pierce, and Ernie Wilkins do not attempt to re-create the original recordings; Baker sings in her own style (rather than trying to emulate Bessie Smith), and the hot solos work well with her vocals.

Bessie Smith - Bessie's Blues (1996)  

Posted by DjangoTiger at June 25, 2014
Bessie Smith - Bessie's Blues (1996)

Bessie Smith - Bessie's Blues (1996)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 16 Tracks | 55:45 | 128 MB
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Vocal Jazz, Blues | Label: Hallmark

Bessie's Blues album by Bessie Smith was released January 1, 1996 on the Hallmark label. Bessie's Blues CD music contains a single disc with 16 songs.

Bessie Smith - The Essential Bessie Smith (1997)  

Posted by thingska at Sept. 7, 2010
Bessie Smith - The Essential Bessie Smith (1997)

Bessie Smith - The Essential Bessie Smith (1997)
2CD | EAC-Rip | FLAC-image +cue +log +Booklet/SCANS | September 23, 1997 | 457 Mb
Genre: Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Sony | Hotfile, Fileserve

Bessie Smith was crowned the Empress of the Blues, and, while this moniker was well deserved, she was much more. A prolific recording artist, Smith was quite an eclectic performer. In fact, she may have been one of the first true crossover artists. This neat two-disc set gives the listener a good sampling of her wide repertoire. Smith is backed up by some of the best jazz musicians of her era. Her rendition of "St Louis Blues" for example, features the horn work of a young Louis Armstrong.

Bessie Smith - Empress Of The Blues (1992)  Music

Posted by popsakov at June 15, 2016
Bessie Smith - Empress Of The Blues (1992)

Bessie Smith - Empress Of The Blues (1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 198 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 134 Mb
Scans (PNG, 300 dpi) ~ 31 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Classic Female Blues, Early Jazz | Charly Records #CDCD 1030

Bessie Smith was an American blues singer. Nicknamed the Empress of the Blues, she was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and was a major influence on other jazz singers.

Bessie Smith - Expensive Bling (2016)  Music

Posted by mark70 at April 20, 2016
Bessie Smith - Expensive Bling (2016)

Bessie Smith - Expensive Bling (2016)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 72:36 min | 169 MB
Genre: Blues, Jazz | Label: Cappo Digital

The first major blues and jazz singer on record and one of the most powerful of all time, Bessie Smith rightly earned the title of "The Empress of the Blues." Even on her first records in 1923, her passionate voice overcame the primitive recording quality of the day and still communicates easily to today's listeners (which is not true of any other singer from that early period).
Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 5 The Final Chapter (1996)

Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 5 The Final Chapter (1996)
Blues, Jazz, Vocal Blues | MP3 320 kbps CBR | Artworks | 122 min | 307 MB
Label: Columbia / Legacy | Rel: 1996

The last two-CD set in this five-volume collection contains a lot of curiosities, and several pieces of required listening as well: "Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl," "Do Your Duty," and "Gimme a Pigfoot" are all here. For curiosities, there's the St. Louis Blues soundtrack, from a film short that contains the only footage of Smith. The second CD consists entirely of interviews with Smith's niece, Ruby Smith, which, while of secondary interest to the music, make for fascinating listening. In a gradual, rambling way, Ruby constructs an image of her famous aunt that reveals additional facets of the Empress of the Blues.

Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 4 (1928-1931) (1993)  Music

Posted by TmanHome at March 14, 2016
Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 4 (1928-1931) (1993)

Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 4 (1928-1931) (1993)
Blues, Jazz, Vocal Blues | MP3 320 kbps CBR | Artworks | 125 min | 319 MB
Label: Columbia / Legacy | Rel: 1993

These recordings reaching from the height of Bessie Smith's fame into her decline in popularity are required listening, covering the years 1928 through 1931. Not only was her voice stronger than ever, but her control over the material was topnotch; she balanced on the fine line between seductive charm and overt sexuality with apparent ease. Some of her best material ever appears on volume 4 of this 5-volume set, including "Standin' in the Rain Blues," "Empty Bed Blues" (speaking of overtness…), "Devil's Gonna Git You," "I'm Wild About That Thing," "Blue Spirit Blues"… but it's useless to even try to list favorites. Smith's voice is so rich and expressive despite the primitive recording technology of the day, one can only imagine what it must have been like to hear her live. And trombonist Charlie Green and pianist James P. Johnson are featured prominently here as well.

Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 2 (1924-1925) (1991)  Music

Posted by TmanHome at March 11, 2016
Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 2 (1924-1925) (1991)

Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 2 (1924-1925) (1991)
Blues, Jazz, Vocal Blues | MP3 320 kbps CBR | Artworks | 121 min | 321 MB
Label: Columbia / Legacy | Rel: 1991

Bessie Smith, even on the evidence of her earliest recordings, well deserved the title "Empress of the Blues" for in the 1920s there was no one in her league for emotional intensity, honest blues feeling, and power. The second of five volumes (the first four are two-CD sets) finds her accompaniment improving rapidly with such sympathetic sidemen as trombonist Charlie Green, cornetist Joe Smith, and clarinetist Buster Bailey often helping her out. However, they are overshadowed by Louis Armstrong, whose two sessions with Smith (nine songs in all) fall into the time period of this second set; particularly classic are their versions of "St. Louis Blues," "Careless Love Blues," and "I Ain't Goin' to Play Second Fiddle." Other gems on this essential set include "Cake Walkin' Babies From Home," "The Yellow Dog Blues," and "At the Christmas Ball."
Words and Songs of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone: Sound Motion, Blues Spirit, and African Memory

Words and Songs of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone: Sound Motion, Blues Spirit, and African Memory by MELANIE E.. BRATCHER
English | 2007 | ISBN: 0415980291 | ASIN: B001XUA9XY | 278 Pages | PDF | 1 MB

For the past eight years, I have been engaged in the study of African culture,
primarily African dance, African American music, and African aesthetics. Music can be a cultural form of expression that unifies, even arouses, large numbers of people. This is certainly true for African music as it is manifested in African American songs and sounds. In this study, I explore selected song performances of Bessie Smith (1894–1937), Billie Holiday (1915–1959), and Nina Simone (1933–2003) through the prism of African aesthetics.