One of the most beloved figures of the folk music boom of the 1960s, Odetta always featured more than a few blues in her vast repertoire of folk songs. And when she sang the blues, her booming, resonant contralto and authoritative delivery recalled the majesty of Bessie Smith. It was a most inspired idea, then, when Riverside Records called Odetta into the studio in 1962 to record an album of nothing but the blues, all sung in the classic style of the Twenties. The instrumental jazz backing, which featured trumpeter Buck Clayton, trombonist Vic Dickenson, clarinetist Herb Hall, and pianist/arranger Dick Wellstood, was slightly more modern, but the spirit they captured on this unique album was just right.
with Buck Clayton, Vic Dickenson, Herb Hall, Dick Wellstood, Ahmed Abdul-Malik, "Shep" Shepherd