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Archive for December 2007

Armstrong & Kaye

December 31, 2007

It’s often noted that the trumpet is the most demanding of wind instruments to play. No one played the trumpet louder or more powerful than Louis Armsrtong. He changed the way musicians would play by popularizing the solo playing and improvised soloing. Like many Jazz musicians, Louis comes from New Orleans- a part so bad […]

Jazz Room

December 31, 2007

Time for a Break

December 30, 2007

There are four essential elements that make up Hip Hop; Emcee, DJ, Tagging/Graffiti, and Breakdancing. Each of these elements serves equal importance to the structure of the genre. I ran across this video and hesitated to put it up originally but the dancer in me battled and won. There’s no doubt movement is a form […]

Blues Lesson

December 30, 2007

There’s a certain level of understanding about life, I believe one needs in order to fully understand the blues. You can’t testify to something you’ve never witnessed plain and simple. But, what exactly is the blues? and How come I know it when I hear it? This video gives vivid definition of what the blues […]

Ball n Chain

December 26, 2007

You may remember a song called Ball and Chain done by rocker blues legend Janis Joplin. What you may not remember is Big Mama Thornton wrote and originally sang this soulful blues classic. She also original sang Hound Dog, a song Elvis would later cover and popularize amongst the white community. Unfortunately, like many incidences […]

Beyonce who?

December 21, 2007

Ruth Brown often goes under the raidar being overlooked and sometimes completly forgotten as a great soul singer way before her time. Brown underwent a lengthy battle with The Rhythm and Blues Foundation as one of the many underpaid blues artist seeking rightful payment and dues from previous works. She, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Bo Didley, […]

Duel Piano boogie woogie

December 20, 2007

A good friend of mine just emailed me this video. Allen Toussaint, Tuts Washington, and Professor Longhair duke it out vibing on the piano. Ain’t no faking the funk here these are real musicians jamming out improvising you just won’t find anywhere today. If you listen carefully you can hear the musicians talking and calling […]

Champion and King

December 19, 2007

Champion Jack Dupree performs a scorching blues joint with King Curtis. For those of you who don’t know King Curtis was part of The Soul Saxes, a saxophone trio that included Hank Crawford and David Newman who all played with Ray Charles for some time (The Soul Saxes are most notable for their collaboration with […]

Rock n Roll Etta

December 19, 2007

Jovial is the only word that comes to mind when watching this video. I don’t think I’ve seen an artist be this excited and fun to watch yet. Etta James stomps passionately around the stage as she performs live with no inhibitions known to man. It’s sad because I have trouble finding good footage of […]

Hit more than Jack

December 19, 2007

I honestly think I’ve heard this song a million times and for some reason it never resonated with me until I saw this video. Very few ever did it better than Ray Charles. As soon as you hear those chords at the very beginning your entranced.

Dat girl can sang!

December 19, 2007

It’s thru gospel music Aretha Franklin would develop as a singer. The turning point in Franklin’s career was when she left the commercial pop productions of Columbia Records to sign with Ahmet Eregon’s Atlantic Records where she was recognized and encouraged to sing gospel and blues. The more suitible home seemed promising and indeed it […]

Early Morning Booze

December 19, 2007

You know you got it bad when the first thing you do before and above anything else is pour you a shot taking it straight to the head. Bessie Smith came from an impoverished household forced to perform on the streets with her guitarist brother to earn money to feed herself and her siblings. Saying […]

Dinah kills Bessie

December 19, 2007

In this 3 minute 27 second, colorless video without the hottest dance trend, a lengthy hair piece, or numerous wardrobe changes Dinah Washington manages to intrigue, excite, amuse and I’m quite sure offend a large number while stationary on top a stool. Her rendition of a great Bessie Smith song is all too powerful for […]