The Record Collection

Big Maybelle: Blues, Candy & Big Maybelle

Savoy SV-0262 (1995)

Track list:

01. Candy
02. Ring Dang Dilly
03. Blues Early, Early
04. A Little Bird Told Me
05. So Long (#1)
06. That’s A Pretty Good Love (#1)
07. Tell Me Who
08. Ramblin’ Blues
09. Rockhouse
10. I Don’t Want To Cry
11. Pitiful
12. A Good Man Is Hard To Find
13. How It Lies (#1)
14. Goin’ Home Baby (#1)
15. So Long (#2)
16. Say It Isn’t So
17. If I Could Be With You
18. Goodnight Wherever You Are
19. That’s A Pretty Good Love (#2)
20. White Christmas
21. Silent Night
22. How It Lies (#2)
23. Goin’ Home Baby (#2)
24. I Ain’t Got Nobody
25. I Understand
26. I Got It Bad
27. Some Of These Days
28. Until The Real Thing Comes Along

Personnel:

#01-14:
Vocals – Big Maybelle
Alto Saxophone – Dave McRae (01,02,06,07,10,11), Sahib Shihab (04,05,09)
Tenor Saxophone – Jerome Richardson (04,05,09), Warren Luckey (01,02,06,07,10,11)
Baritone Saxophone – George Barrow (04,05,09), Leslie Johnakins (01,02,06,07,10,11)
Trombone – Frank Rehak (04,05,09)
Guitar – Kenny Burrell (04,05,09), Mickey Baker (01,02,06,07,10,11)
Piano – Don Abney (04,05,09)
Bass – Al Lucas (04,05,09), Ed Sneed (07,10), Leonard Gaskin (01,02,06,11)
Drums – Bobby Donaldson (04,05,09), Sol Hall (01,02,06,07,10,11)

Producer – Fred Mendelsohn, Ozzie Cadena
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Engineer – Rudy Van Gelder
Edited by Malcolm Addey
Mastered by Joe Brescio

Re-issue producer – Dan Nooger (tracks 1-14)

#15-28:
Vocals – Big Maybelle
Alto Saxophone – Dave McRae (19), Gigi Gryce (16,17), Sahib Shihab (15,20,21)
Tenor Saxophone – Jerome Richardson (15,16,20,21), Warren Luckey (19)
Baritone Saxophone – Leslie Johnakins (19)
Guitar – Kenny Burrell (15,20,21), Mickey Baker (19)
Piano – Hank Jones (16)
Bass – Leonard Gaskin (19)
Drums – ?

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Tenor Saxophone – Buddy Lucas, Ernie Wilkins
Piano – Kelly Owens
Organ – Robert Banks
Bass – Ed Sneed, Wendell Marshall
Violin – Julius Held, Felix Orlewitz, Seymour Miroff, Paul Winter

Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, New Jersey

Re-issue producer – Bob Porter (tracks 15-28).

“Two vinyl albums of Maybelle’s Savoy recordings (SV 1168 and SV 1143) on one compact disc makes for a nice 28-track retrospective of her prime work.

First up is the album originally issued as Blues, Candy & Big Maybelle, a chunk of session work from 1956-1957, with a three-song date from 1959 to round things up. Her takes on “Rockhouse,” “Ramblin’ Blues,” and the title track are the big tickets here.

The second anthology, titled simply Big Maybelle, features her recordings from 1956-1959, with the balance of it leaning toward her later output for the label. A 1957 session with Kenny Burrell on guitar yields interesting stabs at “White Christmas” and “Silent Night,” while a 1959 session finds her big voice framed with a string section on a great read of “Until the Real Thing Comes Along.”

A very underrated singer, Big Maybelle is a total delight and deserves a much wider hearing.”
~ Cub Koda, All Music Guide

 

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