The Feminine Touch, 1953

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    "Here are five illustrious ladies, all of whom are in the class known as Peerless Performers. All are so expert at 'tickling the ivories' that they have won important places in the honor roll of American jazz. They are, to put it concisely, Queens of the Keyboard. Each one has her distinctive style, yet all of them have that pianistic manner which is characteristic and non-masculine..." Blah, blah, blah...

    Seriously, the whole back cover of this Decca 10"/EP drips with reassurance that women aren't stealing away Men's Sacred Manly Magic by daring to play jazz. Gah.

    Anyway, it's a lovely design, though it has diddly to do with the styles of music actually on the record. YouTube can help you hear what these talented women sounded like, all except Ann Jenkins. Sadly, there seems to be nothing readily available about her on the 'net. More details about the record can be found here.

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