A compilaton of ‘perfect’ blues performances which encompass the traditionalism of a songster like Huddie Ledbetter (who called himself Leadbelly) and the sophistication of bebop songstress Sarah Vaughan plus plenty in between.
“Totally great listening to it at work on one ear bud, gentle enough that if phone rings I can still get my jazzy blues on. Tappin my feet all day. Thx!” Sarah Jean
“The great voice of Billie Holiday, just a great way to start the day! Thanks for taking the time to produce and save this for us, a generation, that otherwise we wouldn’t be able to appreciate such a great era” YouTube Listener
What is it about the blues? How can one explain the potency of this apparently simple musical form? A key factor in jazz, the blues gene also zigzags through rock and soul, and is a significant influence on country ‘n’ western and reggae, too. Certainly, jazz musicians have no doubt of the continuing efficacy of the blues form, with successive generations of jazzmen obtaining creative sustenance from the time-honoured 12-bar structure. They love the tone qualities and timbre peculiar to blues expression.
One who makes ample use of the blues in his new compositions is prominent trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, who often reminds us that Duke Ellington, too, was a man who never lost his affinity for the blues. As if to illustrate this, there’s a story credited to the late Basie band vocalist Joe Williams. “If ever Duke came into a club,” he said, “you just waited ‘til he stood up to go, put his coat on and got to the door, and then you started to sing a blues. Duke would just turn around and he’d be back at his table straight away.”