The Boswell Sisters: Shout, Sister, Shout
Shout, Sister, Shout
The Boswell Sisters
Shout, Sister, Shout! (Living Era)
Martha Boswell (vocals), Connee Boswell (vocals), Vet Boswell (vocals), Tommy Dorsey (trombone), Jimmy Dorsey (clarinet), Joe Venuti (violin), Arthur Schutt (piano), Eddie Lang (guitar), Chauncey Morehouse (drums, vibes),
Mannie Klein or Jack Purvis (trumpet), Joe Tarto (bass).
Composed by J. Tim Brymn, Alexander Hill and Clarence Williams.
Recorded: New York, April 23, 1931
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
In his book Jazz Singing (1990), Will Friedwald calls The Boswell Sisters "the greatest of all jazz vocal groups." Preternaturally attuned, they could start singing independently in separate rooms, gravitate towards one another, and find upon meeting that they were not only at the same spot in the same song, in tempo and in key, but in perfect harmony! This spooky synchronicity is well displayed in "Shout, Sister, Shout"—part jazz, part gospel, with shifting meters dramatizing its morally prophylactic message: One thing the Devil can't stand is a hallelujah song. If only Linda Blair had known! Exorcists take note.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz
Tags: vocal groups