VA - Jazz Divas: Gold (2007)
Jazz, Vocal Jazz | MP3 320 kbps CBR | 137 min | 315 MB
Label: The Verve Music | Rel: 2007
There are no less than 20 CD compilations on the market with the words "Jazz Divas" in the title, and another eight that use the phrase "Divas of Jazz." Those two nouns, so carelessly bandied about, describe improvising female vocalists whose works are an extension of a tradition established by Bessie Smith, Adelaide Hall, Ethel Waters, Mildred Bailey, Ivie Anderson, Valaida Snow, Una Mae Carlisle, and Lee Wiley, none of whom appear on Verve's 2007 double-disc anthology titled Jazz Divas: Gold. Although a collection this diverse is vulnerable to criticism, particularly in regards to the song choices that were made, the temporal range May 1938 through June 1997 allows for a healthy overview of stylistic evolution.