I want to learn more about female jazz singers, but I like melancholy, pared-down music better than high-energy big band music. Can you recommend some songs to me?
I've been curious about women jazz singers for a while, but coming across Nina Simone's cover of Ballad of Hollis Brown
tipped my curiosity over the edge. Can you point me to more songs like that? I know that there's got to be some other raw, melancholy music out there, but every time I try to go looking for it, I get overwhelmed by a wave of doo-wopping back-up singers.
Is it really dumb to go looking for jazz singers who aren't perfectly smooth? 'Cause I think at the bottom of it, that's what I'm really looking for.
Music that I already like that might be relevant: I'm fond of blues singers like Son House, Leadbelly, Cat-Iron, and Blind Willie Johnson. I like instrumental jazz musicians like Charles Mingus, Theolonius Monk, and the later work of Miles Davis. I like Nina Simone's, Arethea Franklin's, and Ella Fitzgerald's voices, but they all have such large bodie of work that I don't even know where to start. Recommendations for songs not by those three women are welcome too though. Thanks for your help.