The Sensational Sister Rosetta Tharpe from Carnegie Hall to Antibes.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe was one of the most dynamic entertainers ever. She played with Ken Colyer and then with Chris Barber. Ottilie Patterson, vocalist with Chris Barber, acknowledged she had learned a lot from Rosetta Tharpe.
The first two tracks caused a major impact when Rosetta delivered them so passionately at Carnegie Hall in 1938. As biographer Wald described it: ‘Rosetta appeared before the sold-out Carnegie Hall crowd in an early segment titled ‘Spirituals and Holy Roller Hymns’. She sang two songs, Rock Me and That’s All, accompanied by her guitar and boogie-woogie piano provided by (Albert) Ammons. Preserved for posterity, these songs are as close as we will ever get to hearing what she sounded like on the Cotton Club stage at the famous Carnegie Hall in New York.
We also include the boisterous Shout, Sister, Shout from one of the ‘soundies’ she made with the Lucky Millinder band in 1941.
An incredible artist, Upbeat Jazz is proud to release this CD. This is the follow up to URCD242
1. Rock Me
2. That’s All
3. My Man And I
4. Shout Sister Shout
5. Precious Lord, Take My Hand
6. Pure Religion
7. I Want A Tall Skinny Papa
8. I Want Jesus To Walk Around My Bedside
9.Sin Is To Blame
10. The Devil Has Thrown Him Down
11.Two Little Fishes And Five Loaves Of Bread
12. God’s Mighty Hand
13. This Train
14. Oh, When I Come To The End Of My Journey
15. Heaven Is Not My Home
16. Ain’t No Grave Hold My Body Down
17. Old Time Religion
18. That’s All
19. Trouble In Mind
20. Down By The Riverside
21. Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho
22. The Lonesome Road
Reviews of This Recording
Sister Rosetta Tharpe had a unique career. A powerful gospel singer and a skilled jazz guitarist, she spent her career traveling between the sacred and the secular with equal success. Her performance at the 1938 Spirituals To Swing Concert at Carnegie Hall helped launch her career, she toured and recorded with the Lucky Millinder Orchestra during 1940-43 where she was a major attraction, and returned to gospel in her solo career while sometimes being joined by jazz musicians. A flamboyant yet down-to-earth performer, she may have scandalized some gospel purists (one cannot imagine what they thought of her Millinder recording of 'I Want A Tall Skinny Papa') but she retained her popularity throughout her life.
From Carnegie Hall to Antibes, which is available from Upbeat Jazz (www.upbeatrecordings.co.uk), is a fine overview of her career, particularly during the 1940s.It begins with three selections from 1938 (including two numbers from the Spirituals To Swing concert), has her singing with Millinder (including 'Shout Sister Shout') and the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra, and includes several solo gospel numbers in which she is just accompanied by her guitar. Tharpe is joined by pianist Sammy Price’s trio on several tunes including a vocal duet with Marie Knight, and the CD concludes with six selections from a 1960 European concert with the Sims-Wheeler Vintage Jazz Band, a British trad sextet that includes trumpeter Ken Sims, clarinetist Ian Wheeler, and trombonist Mac Duncan.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe shows plenty of spirit throughout, whether on 'Down by The Riverside,' 'This Train,' 'Rock Me,' or 'The Lonesome Road.' From Carnegie Hall to Antibes serves as a fine introduction to the memorable singer.
Scott Yanow - Los Angeles Jazz Scene
Rosetta Tharpe was accorded the rare honour of having a US postage stamp issued to commemorate her in 1998. Perhaps like the postage stamp, this album will serve to bring her to the ken of others to whom she was previously unknown. Sister Rosetta Tharpe was, indeed, 'sensational'!