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Bessie (music From The Hbo® Film)

Tory Lanez

CD  |  Soundtrack  |  05 Jun 2015


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Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is proud to announce the release of Bessie (Music from the HBO Film). The biographic film Bessie, starring Queen Latifah as blues legend Bessie Smith.

An evocative collection combining historic and contemporary recordings, Bessie (Music from the HBO Film) debuts seven new Queen Latifah performances including "Young Woman Blues," "Preachin' The Blues," "Long Old Road," "Down Hearted Blues," "Work House Blues," "Weepin' Woman Blues" (a duet with vocalist Pat Bass) and "Gimme A Pigfoot and A Bottle Of Beer (2015 Remix).“

Bessie (Music from the HBO Film) premieres "Gimme A Pigfoot and A Bottle Of Beer (2015 Remix)," a postmodern reworking of Bessie Smith's original recording featuring newly recorded vocals, ad-libs and raucous banter by Queen Latifah set to enhanced instrumentation remixed and produced by Adam Blackstone and Queen Latifah. "Gimme A Pigfoot and A Bottle Of Beer (2015 Remix)" is a dream collaboration between the Empress of the Blues and Queen Latifah that exemplifies the brilliance of each of the artists while celebrating the musical soul that unites their eras and generations.

“This is a project that has been close to my heart for many years….to not only star as Bessie Smith but to also produce the film and the soundtrack is a dream for me.  Recording this music was an incredible journey and I am proud to be a part of it all.” - Queen Latifah

The album features modern performances of blues, jazz and swing classics including "Prove It On Me," performed by Carmen Twillie; "See See Rider," performed by Tamar-Kali; "Laugh Clown Laugh," performed by Cécile McLorin Salvant; and two new instrumental arrangements from Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks: "I've Got What It Takes (But It Breaks My Heart To Give It Away)" and "Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight.“

Legacy Recordings' Bessie (Music from the HBO Film) is rounded out with authentic period recordings from Fats Waller & His Rhythm ("A Good Man Is Hard To Find"), Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra ("[What Did I Do To Be So] Black And Blue"), Sippie Wallace ("I'm A Mighty Tight Woman") and Kid Ory's Creole Orchestra ("Ballin' The Jack").


Title: Bessie (music From The Hbo® Film)

Format: CD

Release Date: 05 Jun 2015

Artist: Tory Lanez

Sku: 2297226

Catalogue No: 88875099702

Category: Soundtrack

Disc Count: 1

Transfer Format: Compact Disc

Video Format: Soundtracks

Primary Audio: 88875099702

Language: 0888750997029

Subtitles: Sony Music



Young Woman's Blues - Queen Latifah

A Hot Time In The Old Town - Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks

Prove It On Me - Carmen Twillie

Weary Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven

Weepin' Woman Blues - Queen Latifah & Pat Bass

See See Rider - Tamar-Kali

Ballin' The Jack - Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band

Down Hearted Blues - Queen Latifah

A Good Man Is Hard To Find - Fats Waller & His Rhythm

Preachin' The Blues - Queen Latifah

I've Got What It Takes (but It Breaks My Heart To Give It Away) - Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks

Work House Blues - Queen Latifah

I'm A Mighty Tight Woman - Sippie Wallace

(what Did I Do To Be So) Black And Blue - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra

Laugh, Clown, Laugh - Cécile Mclorin Salvant

Long Old Road - Queen Latifah

Gimme A Pigfoot And A Bottle Of Beer - Bessie Smith Feat. Queen Latifah