Music review: Etta James' bluesy belt

Jazz devotees tend to be dedicated to the point of obsession and later generations of music fans have reason to thank them for the seemingly endless supply of bootlegs as demonstrated in this latest example of an archival recording.

The Left Bank Jazz Society in Baltimore was founded by two fans Vernon L. Welsh and Benny Kearse. It brought in a series of jazz acts to Baltimore's Famous Ballroom and Welsh recorded many tapes, one of which is the source for this one-night gig.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 07, 2019, with the headline 'Etta James' bluesy belt'. Print Edition | Subscribe