Vol. 7: 1929-1930

by: Annette Hanshaw

The complete recordings of the great late-'20s/early-'30s jazz singer Annette Hanshaw are being reissued on ten CDs by the Canadian Sensation label. Volume seven has four of Hanshaw's Helen Kane-inspired cartoon vocals (two versions apiece of the humorous "He's So Unusual" and "I Think You'll Like It") and two numbers with Frank Ferera's Hawaiian Trio, but the other 18 performances are all prime Hanshaw. There are some repeats of titles from different sessions (two versions apiece of "If I Can't Have You" and "I Have to Have You," plus three of "When I'm Housekeeping for You" and "Cooking Breakfast for the One I Love"), but the differences in tempos and arrangements make all of these worth having. With support provided by Phil Napoleon, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Manny Klein, and various studio orchestras, Hanshaw is in generally excellent form; she was the definitive female jazz singer of this era. ~ Scott Yanow

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