[JPL] Stardust - Sudhalter/LaRocca quote
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Sun Apr 6 11:44:30 EDT 2008
I was also struck by someone pointing our that Pops recorded "West End Blues" about a year after "Singin the Blues"....as though somehow Louis Armstrong decided to now deal with the blues as a result. The societal mechanisms of that time help to create interesting perceptions of truth and reality.
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So the verse specifically and the melody generally. Thanks for the
specifics, although I wouldn't call "Singin' The Blues" "jazzy" or
"upbeat." I think it is Sudhalter writing in the Bix Mosaic box that
points to "Singing The Blues" as the first jazz "ballad" (which he
distinguishes from a slow drag blues). He also notes the highly
improvisational approach to the number -- barely any theme and two
chorus solos from the horns, which would be considered stretching out
on record for the time.
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