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Creating Jazz CounterpointNew Orleans, Barbershop Harmony, and the Blues$
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Vic Hobson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781617039911

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617039911.001.0001

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Bill Russell’s American Music

Bill Russell’s American Music

(p.59) 5 Bill Russell’s American Music
Creating Jazz Counterpoint

Vic Hobson

University Press of Mississippi

Bill Russell set up American Music principally to record Bunk Johnson and his recollections of the early years of jazz and the music of Buddy Bolden. This chapter discusses “Chimes Blues,” Louis Armstrong’s first recorded solo, and its relationship to barbershop harmony. When Russell recorded Bunk playing “Bolden’s Make-up Tune,” he used the same diminished harmony found in “Chimes Blues,” and “Buddy Bolden’s Blues.” Bunk’s renditions of “Careless Love” and “Make me a Pallet on Your Floor” also used barbershop harmony. This chapter confirms that Bolden played “2:19 Took My Babe Away.” This is an identifiable twelve bar blues also known as “Mamie’s Blues.”

Keywords:   Bill Russell, “Careless Love”, “Make a Pallet on Your Floor”, “Chimes Blues”, “Mamie’s Blues”

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