Blues is the name given to both a musical form and a music genre that originated in African-American communities of primarily the "Deep South" of the United States at the end of the 19th century from spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads. The blues form, ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll is characterized by specific chord progressions, of which the twelve-bar blues chord progression is the most common. The blue notes that, for expressive purposes are sung or played flattened or gradually bent (minor 3rd to major 3rd) in relation to the pitch of the major scale, are also an important part of the sound. (Wikipedia)
Here is an assortment of earlier practitioners of this emotional music. *I have avoided the lone performer in favor of a richer sound consisting of a backup band. All are exceptional.
Elmore James The King of the Slide Guitar
Dust My Broom
Clapton does this. It's great. So is this.
It Hurts Me Too
Ain't That Lovin' You
Baby Scratch My Back
Sonny Boy Williamson
Keep It To Yourself
Here is the famous Robbie Robertson telling a story about meeting Sonny Boy Williamson. Watch it.
Love Ain't Nothin' But A Business Goin' On
Grits Ain't Groceries
John Lee Hooker
John Lee Hooker/Van Morrison
Serves Me Right To Suffer
You Can't Lose What You Never Had
Bobby "Blue" Bland
Bobby "Blue" Bland
When Hearts Grow Cold
*Though I said I would not post a lone player this is worth watching.
Please Don't Go
Albert King's live version of Stormy Monday. Damn!
**There are songs that an artist makes his/her own. Then there are covers that sometimes exceed the original.
Albert King was the originator of record of this tune. It is an especially emotional, gut-grabbing blues song, but that may be a bit of hyperbole since blues is all about emotional, "making you feel"' music. Each of these covers pays tribute to the original, as they should, but add a flavor all their own. Morblus (especially) and Karen Carroll are examples.
Albert King would like each of them, I'm sure.
Albert King - I'll Play The Blues For You (10/28/13 link repaired)
I'll Play The Blues For You - Morblus, a great band from Italy.
12/10/13 There are top musicians everywhere.
Morblus with Friends
Prison Of Love
I'll Play the Blues For You - Big Head Todd and The Monsters
Karen Carroll's great version used to be here but was made "private." Bummer.
As most know, there are many traveling "bar bands" that have exceptional talent. Here's one that does this tune with the emotion and intensity it deserves.
The David Gerald Band
I'll Play The Blues For You
In response to many requests for another Karen Carroll tune I offer the following masterpiece.
Stormy Monday (posted on Monday otherwise I would be irresponsible).
**Can be a bit complicated but very enjoyable anyway.
Stormy Monday Blues. That's what I'll be singing tomorrow after long weekend. Great music ATyp. Thank you.
Heard this song on radio, Roy Orbison and his incredible voice. These are some of my favorites of his, brings up a lot of feelings hearing them again. But then again I guess that's what listening to music is all about.
Only the Lonely
Last two songs catch all the well known singers joining him on stage. Black and White concert recorded one year before his death.
One more, from same concert. Listen to all those guitars. Oh my.
Done. I think. :)
Good toe tapping tunes.
yes, those bastards sold me a lemon and I had to take them to court to get my money back. you would have to be a dumbass to do business with them
Originally Posted by Georgz
The original Taj Mahal is in India.
But we have one, too. He's one of our musical treasures. See for yourself.
Taj with Horace Silver's "Senor Blues"
Further On Down The Road (don't miss this)
Everybody Has The Blues
Taj Mahal & Dr. John (Steve Gadd is like Zelig - he's everywhere)
From the same event above honoring James Taylor:
The Dixie Chicks, a group not afraid to condemn an administration that deserved it and paid, unfairly, for it. This is a stunning arrangement.
Shower The People
This artist was many things; severely handicapped, troubled and prodigiously talented.
I strive to showcase talent here that was not widely known and appreciated in its time. This is another significant and poignant example of that goal.
The following will add an extraordinarily beautiful dimension to whatever you are doing while listening; or if you choose to just listen you have my compliments.
The incredible …
Estate (Summer In Italia) This is stunningly beautiful.
I sometimes mention how a particular arrangement soars. This one leaves the galaxy.
It’s an affecting performance of a beautiful interpretation, and, for me, unforgettable.
In A Sentimental Mood
Anyone here play the piano? Watch this.
Take The A Train
When I first considered adding this selection, Rachid, to the thread, I researched, among other things, Wilby Fletcher, the drummer. I learned he was a prodigy and played with big names in jazz in his teens. He died not long ago.
Whenever I watch this, which is often, I am struck by his playing. His style in this piece defines "crisp" in relation to drum work. He's great and his sound adds immeasurably to the overall magnificence of the tune.
(11/18) 100 Hearts
I sometimes post in this thread and hesitate to add too many selections of a particular artist. I trust listeners to evaluate for themselves and to explore if they choose.
With regard to this brilliant talent, I feel that this may not be the right thing to do. Perhaps, a new sound will motivate an appreciation where a prior one did not. This, then, is the hope for these additions and for those above dated 11/18.
As I mentioned in an earlier post some music should be really listened to not just used for background or in a hurried taste. These selections, and others from M. Petrucciani, qualify for that treatment. If that's done, like a mature wine you let air for a while, it will repay you in great measure because you will hear things you didn't notice the first or second time you listened.
I sincerely hope you like these as well as the many other performances by this talented musician.
(11/21) Round Midnight
(11/21) So What (A jazz classic)
(11/21) A playful arrangement of a standard, doing what jazz does frequently, adding parts of another song to the interpretation of the original piece; also done in Round Midnight above. See if you can find it.
(11/21) September 2nd
His music has taught me that I still have something to learn about jazz piano. I am grateful but wish he was still alive so that I could tell him personally.
Perhaps a glass of wine and a quiet room would be appropriate while contemplating this selection by the brilliant Michel Petrucciani. The unchanging still photo does not bore. There is much to see in it.
For those who like M. Petrucciani's music I add this for you...and, to you.
I added this approximately 18 months ago (below in 218) because it showcases Michel Petrucciani AND Al Jarreau, two magnificent talents. It was ultimately deleted by YouTube for some reason.
I just saw it's available again.
M. Petrucciani and Al Jarreau (another mocha hagotdi moment)
Mas Que Nada
[QUOTE=Atypical;75068]This artist was many things; severely handicapped, troubled and prodigiously talented.
I always want to showcase talent here that was not widely known and appreciated in its time. This is another significant and poignant example of that goal.
Beautiful selections as usual.
Thank you for the introduction to this amazing talent.
Thanks. I'm pleased you like his music.
I’ve been aware of him for a while but not in depth.
When I decided to learn more I became affected by his talent and hard life. It's tough, for me, to only evaluate his music and ignore his infirmity, but I don’t think I err when I say how great he was. I also want others to know him which is why he is in the thread.
I’ll use this new opportunity and encourage others to learn more about him.
Another exquisite masterpiece.
'Philly sound' R&B singer Major Harris dies at 65
Nov. 9, 2012, 3:16 PM EST
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Major Harris, a former member of the "Philadelphia sound" soul group the Delfonics and the singer of the 1975 hit "Love Won't Let Me Wait," has died in Richmond. He was 65.
His sister, Catherine Thomas, told The Associated Press that Harris passed away Friday morning from congestive heart and lung failure after being rushed to a hospital.
The Richmond native was born Feb. 9, 1947, and grew up in a musical family. His father was a guitarist and his mother led the church choir, Thomas said.
In his teens, Harris was tall for his age and was able to get into clubs to watch musicians perform, she said.
"He always appeared to be older, which gave him a lot of ins to a lot of older places," Thomas joked.
She said he didn't drink in the clubs back then but was pursuing his career. Music, she said, "was his life."
Harris made the rounds with several music groups in the 1960s, including the Charmers, Frankie Lymon's Teenagers and Nat Turner's Rebellion.
He then joined the Delfonics in the early 1970s, replacing Randy Cain in the group known for their hits "La-La (Means I Love You)" and "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)."
Harris left the group in 1974 to pursue a solo career. He recorded a string of R&B singles, including "Love Won't Let Me Wait," which peaked at No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and was certified as a gold record by the Recording Industry Association of America. The song was covered by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams in 1994 and by Luther Vandross on his 1988 album "Any Love."
Harris last performed in 2011 at a reunion show with some of the members of the Delfonics, Thomas said.
Music from this period should not be dismissed. This post is a 'mile-marker'.
Here are a few more of the same style. Gems.
The Main Ingredient (with Cuba Gooding's father)
Everybody Plays The Fool
Just Don't Want To Be Lonely (5/2/15 link repaired)
Used To Be My Girl
In The Rain
The Undisputed Truth
Smiling Faces Sometimes (Ain't this the truth) 12/17/13 link repaired
Have You Seen Her ((11/16/13 link repaired)
Oh Girl (11/16/13 link repaired)
The Four Tops
When She Was My Girl
Ask The Lonely
Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
It's A Shame
Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes
The Love I Lost
Another beautiful song from this period and from one of the best.
If You Don't Know Me By Now
Hey There Lonely Girl
The Isley Brothers
Living For The Love Of You
And, a little further back...
The Five Satins
In The Still Of The Night
It's All In The Game
The Angels Sang
Since I Don't Have You
This I Swear
I Only Have Eyes For You
I'll stop now. I'm beginning to lose control.
(11/14) It didn't work.
(11/16) Still not working.
Bobby Rogers, founder of The Miracles, dies
March 3, 2013, 4:03 PM EST
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Bobby Rogers, a founding member of Motown group The Miracles and a songwriting collaborator with Smokey Robinson, died Sunday at his suburban Detroit home. He was 73.
Motown Museum board member Allen Rawls said Rogers died about 6 a.m. in Southfield. Rogers had been ill for several years.
Rogers formed the group in 1956 with cousin Claudette Rogers, Pete Moore, Ronnie White and Robinson. Their hits included "Shop Around," ''You've Really Got a Hold on Me," ''The Tracks of My Tears," ''Going to a Go-Go," ''I Second That Emotion" and "The Tears of a Clown."
"He had the sparkling personality that was loved by everyone," Claudette Robinson told the Detroit Free Press. "People always commented on the tall one with the glasses. He was personable, approachable and he loved talking to the women, loved talking to the guys, loved to dance, loved to sing, loved to perform. That was the joy of his life."
His voice can be heard on Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On," with Rogers saying, "It's just a groovy party, man, I can dig it." Mary Wilson of the Supremes said that captured his essence.
"If people want to remember him, they should put that record on and listen to Bobby," Wilson told the newspaper. "That's who he was."
Rogers and The Miracles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. He was too ill to attend the ceremony.
He shared songwriting credits with Robinson on The Temptations' "The Way You Do the Things You Do," The Contours' "First I Look at the Purse" and The Miracles' "Going to a Go-Go."
The Miracles made a lot of great music. Here is Daryl Hall with
Tears Of A Clown
Bobby Womack is gone today.
Nobody Wants You When You're Down And Out
These three musicians are stars in American music. Here, they compete with each other in a demonstration of their styles.
Steve Gadd plays in many of the posts in this thread.
Dave Weichel, Vinnie Colaiuta and Steve Gadd.
This is a beautiful tune performed by a superb band with Vinnie on drums. Watch for the musician who plays two instruments at once. This is a must-see in a room with perfect lighting, an attentive audience and interesting music.