Art Hodes – I Remember Bessie
Delmark DE 254 [Euphonic Series]
Compact Disc (2013)
The second installment of Art Hodes recordings for the Euphonic label, I Remember Bessie contains another hour of inspired piano solos from the legend that’s been described as a “blues drenched jazz pianist”. Hodes (1904-93) was active in the `20s so this is music played by a guy who was there when Bessie Smith was alive and recording. Hodes hung out with Louis Armstrong for years on the south side of Chicago. After Armstrong it was Bessie Smith who was the greatest influence on the music of Hodes and so on this 1976 session he pays tribute to the great blues vocalist. Tribute To The Greats (Delmark 238), the first Euphonic installment received excellent reviews including a four star review in DownBeat, and stellar comments from Gary Giddins in Jazztimes, Joe Klee in Mississippi Rag and Kevin Whitehead on Amazon.com. Contains the twelve songs from the original LP issue plus unissued tracks including “St. Louis Blues”, “After You’ve Gone”, “Cakewalkin’ Babies From Home” and “Pallet On The Floor”.