Mostly folksy stuff – as Odetta sings and plays acoustic guitar, with some slight bass accompaniment from Bill Lee. A few tracks feature a backing choir, and titles include "Prettiest Train", "John Riley", "If I Had A Hammer", "Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down", and "Hold On". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam, half split bottom seam, light surface wear.)
Early early work from Odetta – still done in the folksy mode you'd expect from other records of the 60s, but also with a slight flavor of trad jazz too – thanks to the presence of some great musicians on the date! The group features some standout horn work from Buck Clayton on trumpet, Vic Dickenson on trombone, and Herb Hall on clarinet – all of whom bring in a New Orleans flavor to the music that's quite surprising – almost a back door link of Odetta's groove to older African-American traditions, but not in the ways that are usually foregrounded in her work. Other players include Dick Wellstood on piano, Ahmed Abdul-Malik on bass, and Shep Shepherd on drums – and titles include "Hard Oh Lord", "Oh My Babe", "Yonder Come The Blues", "Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor", "Hogan's Alley", and "Leavin This Mornin". LP, Vinyl record album
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