Mildred Bailey: St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Blues
Mildred Bailey and Her Orchestra
The Incomparable Mildred Bailey (Columbia/Legacy)
Charlie Shavers (trumpet), Buster Bailey (clarinet), Russell Procope (alto sax), Billy Kyle (piano), John Kirby (bass), O’Neil Spencer (drums).
Composed by W.C. Handy; arranged by Eddie Sauter.
Recorded: New York, January 18, 1939
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
Mildred Bailey and Red Norvo are the key players in this light take on the old standard with an element of seduction. Norvo on the xylophone equals Fred Astaire on the dance floor. It's clear that Bailey's "short fat squatty mama" will get her man back from the siren with the store-bought hair.
Reviewer: Sue Russell