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The Hot Five and Seven

The Hot Five and Seven

Chapter:
(p.145) Chapter 15 The Hot Five and Seven
Source:
Creating the Jazz Solo
Author(s):
Vic Hobson
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496819772.003.0015

This chapter explores some of Armstrong’s twelve-bar blues recordings in the 1920s, and how Armstrong’s use of barbershop practice and swipes gave rise to II-V substitutions (“Gut Bucket Blues”), altered harmony (“Gully Low Blues” and “Savoy Blues”), and chord substitutions (“Have You Ever Been Down?”). The chapter shows how a number of melodic features in Armstrong’s playing that have defied explanation through conventional theoretical models can be explained in the light of barbershop practice.

Keywords:   Twelve-bar Blues, “Gut Bucket Blues”, “Gully Low Blues”, “Savoy Blues”, II-V substitutions

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