By Dick Weissman
Blues: the fundamentals bargains a concise advent to a century of the blues. prepared chronologically, it specializes in the key eras within the progress and improvement of this renowned musical type. fabric comprises: a definition of the blues and the most important genres inside it key artists equivalent to Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson key recordings entire with timelines and recommendations for additional research, this interesting assessment is perfect for college students and listeners.
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The singers often take the position that there are “many fish in the sea;” in other words, you messed around with other women so I will mess around too. Because Ma’s following, in particular, was largely The 1920s in the south, there may have been a strong element of identification for the female listeners — who may well have wished that they had the financial wherewithal and the easy opportunities that were available to a traveling performer to play around with men other than their boyfriends or husbands.
In a good number of early jazz arrangements, the music was not written down, but was improvised, with beginnings and endings of songs worked out. The solos were entirely improvised. Many of the early jazzmen played on records by the classic blues singers in the 1920s, although usually with small combos using only a handful of musicians. Oddly the first jazz recordings were made by a white group, The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, in 1917. C. ” Students of the blues are familiar with these terms, but for others they may be slightly mystifying.
The black poet Sterling Brown wrote a poem about Ma Rainey, which describes one of her performances. ” This sentiment surely reflected what so many of Ma Rainey’s audience felt about their lives. The 1920s In 1940, 6 months after Ma Rainey’s death, singer-guitarist Memphis Minnie recorded a tribute to Rainey. It contains the lines She was born in Georgia, traveled all over this world; And she’s the best blues singer, peoples, I ever heard. Minnie concludes with the lines People it sure look lonesome since Ma Rainey been gone, But she left little Minnie to carry the good works on.
Blues: The Basics (Basics (Routledge Paperback)) by Dick Weissman