Annette Hanshaw (1901-1985) was “The Personality Girl” of the Jazz Age, the epitome of the warmly vivacious flapper. She was a huge radio star and for a time, America’s No.1 female popular singer. Although that image in fact hid a far more introverted character, she nonetheless created a couple of hundred recordings of irresistible charm that transport us back to those heady days. Blessed with a clear, gentle tone and an innate feeling both for jazz phrasing and the meaning of a lyric, her records are now much sought after as an authentic expression of the late 20s and early 30s. Retrospective’s tribute presents the 53 finest of her legacy. Not least of the attractions of Annette Hanshaw’s work is the galaxy of top jazzmen who backed her. Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Manny Klein, Eddie Lang, Miff Mole, Red Nichols, Adrian Rollini, Muggsy Spanier, Jack Teagarden and Joe Venuti – the cream of ‘white’ jazz – are just some of jazz greats to be heard.
From her first commercial recording session in 1926, when she made the definitive Black Bottom, to her last in 1934, all her most memorable titles are here. Was there ever a more delightful version of Little White Lies, a more winsome rendering of Body And Soul or captivating We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye? There’s her biggest jazz hit, Big City Blues, and the song that genuinely sums up its singer: Lovable And Sweet. To quote the A-side of her final disc: Let’s Fall In Love with Annette Hanshaw all over again.