Blues I

Blues originated at the end of 19th century in a deep south of America in within African-American communities. Blues was created from spirituals, work song, field hollers, shouts and chants, rhymed simple narrative ballades (unaccompanied vocal music and oral traditions of slaves imported from West Africa). It has both European harmonic structure and the African call-and- response tradition using guitar (banjo) and voice.

Just like jazz, blues also originates from rags and there are four well know type of blues: delta, Piedmont, Memphis and Chicago.

The chord progression in blues is known as 12 bar blues in 4 crotchet beats in each bar –played in minor 7ths or dominant 7th (“blues seven”) while the melody uses flattened 3rd, 5th and 7th that sometimes replace natural scale or they are added to a scale like in a minor blues scale where flattened 3rd replaces the natural 3rd and flattened 7th replaces, natural 7th and flattened 5th is added between the natural 4th and 5th. Flattened 3rd, 5th and 7th is used at the same time with crushing (playing directly adjacent notes e.g. diminished 2nds), and sliding (similar to use of grace notes).

Lyrics consist of single line repeated 4 times adn the structure is usually AAB. They are assocaited with misery adn oppression, troubles experienced in African - American society can be humourous, and however it is not as common.

Blues originated at the end of 19th century
from rags and there are four well know type of blues: delta, Piedmont, Memphis and Chicago.
Read about Various types of Blues:

Pre War Blues (WWI)

Boogie Woogie & Big Band Blues

Blues in the 1950s

Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith
were some of the popoular signers icon that were among the first blues artists to be recorded.

CD Reviews:

Kind of Blue (Legacy Edition) – Columbia Record

Male musician like Louis Armstrong was then a very popular and charismatic jazz trumpeter.

One of the early form of blues music in the 1920s was hte Classic female blues.
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It has been cited to be an achievement that is unique of its genre, and it is one of Davis’ greatest album. It was released in 1959 and had since ranked among the top and greatest album.

Big Blues Extravaganza - The Best Of Austin City Limits

A compilation of fifteen greatest highlights from the television series, Austin City Limits.