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Johnny Hodges plays the blues

Postby ruggie » Fri 26 Aug 2011 20:59 GMT

Johnny Hodges - Funky Blues

For Savannah Alan - I know it's partly the sound engineer's work on the balance, but I love the attack, the way Hodges' solo dominates the accompaniment. In my mind, a blues should be like this, whether instrumental or vocal. The other soloists do the same, but are gentler, until the trumpet arrives.
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Postby Savannah_Alan » Sat 27 Aug 2011 02:42 GMT

Lol. I wish I hadn't called it the blues, Mike.

From Wikipedia:
"Since I Fell for You" is a jazz and pop standard. The blues ballad was composed by Buddy Johnson in 1945 and was first popularized by his sister, Ella Johnson, with Buddy Johnson and His Orchestra.

This recording (great track) is a straight-ahead 12-bar blues. They are completely different types of song. Of course, we do this kind of blues quite often. Although, too much of 12-bar blues can get old.
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Postby ruggie » Sat 27 Aug 2011 08:51 GMT

True, many 'blues' tunes are ballads or something even more complicated - and often the better for it. Trouble is, even I used to be able to play 12 bar blues chords in my sleep, and some of the songs sound that way, too.
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