Monthly Archives: August 2017

ODDENDA & SUCH: #95

HeLa – the book The book in question here is THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS written by Rebecca Skloot and published in 2010 by Crown. It has gotten lots of publicity even down here and even an Oprah Winfrey … Continue reading

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Three Shades

THREE SHADES OF BLUES Biograph BCD 107 ADD Skip James, Blind Willie McTell, Bukka White Blues is a form of Afro-American music that has been greatly misperceived over the years – the [most] popular misconception being of a musical genre … Continue reading

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Bribing Ahmet!

ATLANTIC RECORDS: “Blues Originals” series The albums that I put together for Atlantic Records in 1971 (referred to as the “Blues Originals” series) was one of the high-points of my life. One can read some stuff about it in the … Continue reading

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Yanceys – Atlantic

Atlantic SD 7229 – Jimmy & Mama Yancey, “Chicago Piano, Vol. 1”  [Blues Originals, Vol. 6] Boogie-woogie piano became a pigeonhole term used by many people as a result of a brief rush of commercial popularity during the forties. This … Continue reading

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John Lee Hooker

Atlantic 7228 – John Lee Hooker, “Detroit Special” [Blues Originals, Vol. 4] Detroit is a city with a large black population located in a discrete territory in the city, something typical of Northern cities today. This black population began as … Continue reading

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Piano Blues – Atlantic

Atlantic SD 7227 – Chicago Piano, various artists – “Blues Piano, Chicago, Plus” [Blues Originals, Vol. 4] Blues piano is a strangely neglected area, what with the emphasis that existed on the guitar; this, even though the piano was the … Continue reading

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TEXAS GUITAR

Atlantic SD 7226 – Texas Guitar, various artists – “From Dallas to L.A.” [Blues Originals, Vol. 3]          “’Greater Texas” stretches well into Louisiana in the East and into Oklahoma in the North… so the scope of Texas blues is … Continue reading

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