Big Maybelle: I Ain't Mad at You
I Ain't Mad at You
Big Maybelle (vocals)
Jazz On A Summer's Day (original soundtrack) (Snapper/Charly 191)
Jack Teagarden (trombone), Tony Scott (clarinet), Buddy Tate, Rudy Rutherford, Georgie Auld (saxes), Ray Bryant (piano), Kenny Burrell (guitar), Tommy Bryant (bass).
Recorded: live at Newport Jazz Festival, RI, July 5, 1958
Rating: 80/100 (learn more)
In a typically misguided attempt at crossover appeal, the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival strayed far afield (and went far awry) with blues shouter Big Maybelle. Judging from Bert Stern's documentary Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960), the personable performer pleased the crowd. But of course holiday jazz-fest attendees have never been notably discerning. The ad hoc backup band manages to swing without an arrangement, and Buck Clayton's trumpet solo is presentable enough. Yet there's no escaping the vocalist, who sounds like she'd gargled with Dr?no before stepping onstage. We'll never know how many moviegoers in 1960, or VHS and DVD viewers in subsequent decades, na´vely mistook "I Ain't Mad at You" for jazz simply because it's part of Jazz on a Summer's Day. But this track has less to do with jazz than snowballs do with July.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz