Thursday, February 18, 2016

A few Blues thoughts for the day

Thoughts for the day.

Not one member of the Boogie Woogie Trio (Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis or Pete Johnson) is in the Blues Hall of Fame. The greatest boogie woogie pianists of all time. Here is Boogie Woogie Prayer.

I also add their mentor Jimmy Yancey is also not in nor is the great Cow Cow Davenport. Look at who has been recently inducted but these folk are not in.  Here is Davenport, not doing the eponymously named boogie, but Texas Shout.

And here is Jimmy Yancey's almost poetical rendition of How Long Blues.

 More on acts that should be in the Blues Hall of Fame in future posts. Look up these folks on google and give their music a listen on the net.

Willie Dixon's cliche "The Blues is the roots and everything else is the fruits" may have had some truth when he made it, but today so much of what is marketed as blues is the fruits as much as anything. When Dixon made the comment so many musical acts were redoing blues songs (country acts covered Jimmy Reed) and even the genius that was Gil Evans would rework a Dixon song like he does with Spoonful.

Or Jimmy Smith cover Muddy Waters' hit Got My Mojo Workin'.

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