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Sippie Wallace

  • Sippie Wallace [Atlantic, 1982] B
  • Women Be Wise [Alligator, 1992] **

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Sippie Wallace [Atlantic, 1982]
This project scrapes by on taste and good intentions--the selection of songs by Wallace and contemporaries, Bonnie Raitt's unobtrusive voice and slide, and the impeccable swing of pianist Jim Dapogny and his Chicago Jazz Band. The problem is that where Alberta Hunter commands an almost regal strength in her eighties, Wallace sounds like a cartoon granny with denture problems. Her lyrics still sting after half a century, and her phrasing puts them across, but she doesn't even hint at the young Sippie's hard-won erotic composure. CBS and RCA: reissue. B

Women Be Wise [Alligator, 1992]
pushing 70 in '66, a womanist when there were no womanists passes the knowledge ("You Got To Know How," "Up the Country Blues") **