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  • Fantastic Music In The Blues Tradition
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    Arts: A Brief History of the Blues 2000-06-30 A Brief History of the Blues Joseph Machlis says that the blues is a native American musical and verse form, with no direct European and African antecedents of which we know. (p. 578) In other words, it is a blending of both traditions. Something special and entirely different from either of its parent traditions. (Although Alan Lomax cites some examples of very similar songs having been found in Northwest Africa, particularly among the Wolof and Wat...
  • City Blues Artists
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    Country Blues vs. City Blues Blues is a musical form that emerged as early as the 1870's and stemmed from the hardships the African slaves encountered in the New World. At this time, the blues were largely universal in their lyrics, melodies, and phrasing, leaving very few stylistic differences between one blues artist and the next. However, in the early 1920's, as the blues spread into a much broader region and was no longer limited to the cotton fields of the South, two different styles materi...
  • Muddy Waters Electric Blues Muddy Waters
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    Muddy Waters Electric Blues Muddy Waters was the patriarch of the post-World War II Chicago blues. He was a master artist who played slashing slide guitar with an earthy raspy voice who had seen his share of sorrow in life. Muddy was also a compelling songwriter; a storyteller in song. He was a master performer, recording artist and bandleader. His had a way of juicing up the music with a rocking backbeat and an unfiltered down-home intensity; he possessed an honesty and emotional clarity. He wa...
  • Blues Music
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    The Roots of Blues Music Blues is a very important type of music. Most music that you hear today has some form of blues in it. If it wasn't for the blues there wouldn't be any rock and roll, country, rap, pop, or jazz. Blues is also important for African American culture. African Americans were also the people who started the blues. The Blues started in the late 1800's in levee camps or plantations in places like Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas were many African Americans lived. The blues of t...
  • Colorful Of A Song As Armstrong
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    "The ABC's of 'Black and Blue' "Black and Blue" was one of Armstrong's greatest hits, it is hard to believe that a remade song could rank so high on his greatest. Armstrong had a unique way of taking a song that had already been published and making into his own work of art. "Black and Blue" is a song that can have a few different meanings depending on the way you look at it. "Black and Blue" can be described as abstract, bruised, and colorful. Armstrong was the greatest artist of his time and h...
  • Blue By Joni Mitchell
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    Blue, songs are like tattoos You know I've been to sea before Crown and anchor me Or let me sail away Hey Blue, there is a song for you Ink on a pin Underneath the skin An empty space to fill in Well there " re so many sinking now You " ve got to keep thinking You can make it through these waves Acid, booze, and ass Needles, guns, and grass Lots of laughs, lots of laughs Everybody's saying that hell's the hippest way to go Well I don't think so But I'm gonna take a look around it though Blue, I ...
  • Lost In The Sound Of Billie's Song
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    Billie Holiday was born Eleanora Fagan on April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but spent most of her poverty stricken childhood in Baltimore. Lady Day, as she was named by Lester Young, had to overcome many tragedies in her lifetime and yet still became one of the most popular jazz-blues vocalists of all time. Billie's Parents, Sally Fagan and Clarence Holiday, were both born in Baltimore. They married as teens and soon Sally gave birth to Eleanora Fagan. Shortly after the birth, Clarenc...
  • Combination Of Country Blues And Attractive Performance
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    Women of the blues brought the black culture to a new chapter of recognition. They made blues as a popular music, and gave an opportunity to black culture to be accepted and also gave the people a chance to do something (a job) beyond the scope of plantation. They brought the blues to a performance stage and make it more universal so they can fit in not just to black listeners but also the white. Although on their first performance their blues were not considered as the real blues, because blues...
  • Pure Blues Album
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    Eric Clapton Eric Clapton is an innovative guitarist, basically the first to combine blues and rock, which in turn popularized blues. Because of his skill and ever-evolving style, his music is a lasting contribution in itself. Eric Clapton made his recording debut with The Yardbirds, the British group that also featured guitar virtuosos Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. Together, they created a whole new blues / rock sound that many of the famous '60's and '70's bands copied. Clapton left The Yardbirds ...
  • Solos On The Piano Before The Song
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    On September 15, 1957, John Coltrane recorded "Blue Train", an album he considered his favorite, and many critics considecontributes to the sound. Coltrane provides listeners with an impressive r his best work. The album's rhythm Chambers finishes up with a bass solo before the opening statement is repeated, bringing the song to a full circle by its end. The next song is "Moment's Notice" which is also swung and in 4/4. This song played at a faster pace and has a catchy melody that becomes rathe...
  • Last Song
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    The jazz band I observed played a series of six different songs. Although all the songs were categorized as jazz, each song had its own special style and sound to it. The band consisted of three different players. Paul Meyers, the guitarist and composer, Andy Eula u, the bassist, and Dave Rataczak, on drums. The songs performed were entitled "Love for Sale' by Cole Porter, "Once I Loved' by Antonio Carlos Jobim, "Stars' by Paul Meyers, "Blues for Mel' also by Paul Meyers, "Last Night When We Wer...
  • Bessie Smith
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    Known as the? Empress Of Blues? , Bessie Smith was said to have revolutionized the vocal end of Blues Music. She showed a lot of pride as an independent African-American woman. Her style in performance and lyrics often reflected her lifestyle. Bessie Smith was one of the first female jazz artists, and she paved the way for many musicians who followed. Bessie was born April 15, 1894 in Chattanooga, Tennessee to a part time Baptist preacher, William Smith, and his wife Laura. The family was large ...

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