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The Hot Five and Seven

The Hot Five and Seven

(p.145) Chapter 15 The Hot Five and Seven
Creating the Jazz Solo
Vic Hobson
University Press of Mississippi

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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