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Bessie Smith in Hollywood Rhythm: Vol. 1

Hollywood Rhythm: Vol. 1: The Best of Jazz & Blues

2001 NR

Prompted by the introduction of sound into movies, this collection of short films dating back to the 1920s features a who's who of all-time jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. An authentic portrait of a bygone era, the compilation not only showcases an incredible level of artistry and musicianship but also the ugliness of racism and stereotyping endured by these amazing artists.

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