Welcome to Frank Singer.com! Click here for Home Page
 
navwork
Welcome to Frank Singer.com! Click here for home page.


   
COMPACT DISCS

      PHOTO GALLERY
      PRESS KIT

     ARTICLES ON JAZZ
     THEORY DEN
     ORIGINAL MUSIC

   
FRIENDLY LINKS
    SITE MAP
    MAILING LIST 

 

 

 


 

 
 


[ contact Frank ]


 

 




CDs
from
Naked Kitty Productions

solo jazz guitar from oFF tHE tOP of the headoFF tHE tOP:
standards 1

Frank Singer

Frank Singer / Jam Along Blues CDJam Along Blues CD
Frank Singer

Frank Singer / Jam Along Modal 1 CDJam Along Modal 1 CD
Frank Singer

Frank Singer / Generations String QuartetGenerations String Quartet
Frank Singer

Cat's A Bear / Tito in Wonderland
Tito In Wonderland
Cat's A Bear
Cat's A Bear / Tito: In Search of a RevolutionTito: In Search of a Revolution
Cat's A Bear
Cat's A Bear / Eye of the PyramidEye of the Pyramid
Cat's A Bear

One World Tribe / Armed and DangerousArmed and Dangerous
OneWorldTribe

One World Tribe / Unity and DiversityUnity and Diversity
OneWorldTribe

One World Tribe / The World TodayThe World Today
OneWorldTribe

Too Big Power / Ride A WaveRide A Wave
Too Big Power

J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Colors of TymeColors of Tyme
J.D. & the Sons

J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Near Journey's EndNear Journey's End
J.D. & the Sons

J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Astral WorldsAstral Worlds
J.D. & the Sons of Rhythm

J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Moving Through The ElementsMoving Thru Elements
J.D. & the Sons

J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Beyond AttentionBeyond Attention
J.D. & the Sons

J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Crossing Oceans of TimeXing Oceans of Time
J.D. & the Sons

J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Live at Forward HallLive at Forward Hall
J.D. & the Sons

J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Imagination DoctorsImagination Doctors
J.D. & the Sons

J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Smoke ShadowsSmoke Shadows
J.D. & the Sons

J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Quantum EventsQuantum Events
J.D. & the Sons

J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Music From Another PlanetMusic From Another Planet
J.D. & the Sons
J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Primate GesturesPrimate Gestures
J.D. & the Sons
J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Family ValuesFamily Values
J.D. & the Sons of Rhythm

MORE on PURCHASING CDs

SHOPPING CART

 

Trebor - the Original Naked Kitty / Trebor occasionally exhibited ancient Roman tendencies. I once saw him eat until he had to make room for more, which he did (right next to the food dish). We kept him on a diet after that.

 

 


JAZZ PERSPECTIVES   
Jazz Forms - The Blues

One of the staples of the jazz improviser, almost from the beginning of jazz itself, is the blues. Joachim Berendt quotes Leonard Feather in The Jazz Book [p.162] as saying "...the blues is the essence of jazz, and merely having a feeling for the blues means having a feeling for jazz." This is not to say that the blues and jazz are always the same thing, for there are many styles of blues which would not be characterized as jazz. The country or folk blues, represented by artists like Robert Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson, predates jazz and continues to this day to be a vital and independent form. Rock music has its origins in the blues, and continues to produce artists like B. B. King and Eric Clapton, the former being strictly a blues man, and the latter a performer and composer of many styles including blues.

On August 10, 1920, Mamie Smith recorded Perry Bradford's Crazy Blues, formerly called Harlem Blues. This was the first vocal recording of a 12 bar blues form, which has become today's most popular blues structure. This form contains twelve four-beat measures using or referencing certain simple harmonic relationships, with a lyrical pattern of three four-measure sections, the first two containing a statement and the last drawing a conclusion. The recording of Crazy Blues achieved such popularity that other blues artists were soon sought out and recorded. Among those was Bessie Smith, perhaps the most well known singer in the early years of the jazz style called classic blues.

The blues soon spread to urban areas throughout the country, notably cities like Chicago, Memphis and Kansas City. The result were styles like rhythm and blues, sometimes called urban blues, and instrumental blues, which often transcended boundaries because of the simplicity and flexibility of the form. Many jazz artists started out in bands playing these styles, including John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Count Basie, who developed the Kansas City swing sound using blues as a basic tool.

Today's jazz musician is inevitably schooled in the blues, and included in the standard repertoire are tunes like Charlie Parker's Blues For Alice *, John Coltrane's Blue Trane, Thelonius Monk's Straight, No Chaser **, and Miles Davis' Freddy the Freeloader. Oliver Nelson's album Blues and the Abstract Truth is a classic jazz album, with artists like Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans and Freddie Hubbard all showing their fluency and individuality within the blues form. A familiarity with the blues is a must for those seeking a deeper understanding of jazz, both musicians and listeners. All of jazz is enriched by the blues, and jazz would not be what it is today without it.    [top]
- article by Frank Singer 2002

* A recording of Blues For Alice can be found on the CD Tito In Wonderland Cat's A Bear plays Blues For Alice on Tito in Wonderland / click here for more info

**A recording of Straight, No Chaser can be found on the CD oFF tHE tOP: standards 1 Frank Singer plays Straight, No Chaser on oFF tHE tOP: standards 1 / click here for more info

 

 

 

BACK TO 
JAZZ PERSPECTIVES

CONTENTS
Jazz Origins
I - Beginnings 
II - Jazz and Technology
   
III - Radio and the Industrial Beat    
The Swing Era
I - Precursors
II - The Decade of Swing
III - The BeBop Strain
A First Look Back
New Orleans Revival

Jazz Forms

The Blues
The 32 bar Song Form
The Latin Influence
Cool
Hard Bop
Evolution 1 - A New Dialogue
Evolution 2 - Into The Seventies
Evolution Of The Jam Session
Post Modernism

 


eNEWS          Calendar of Events for Frank Singer           Mailing List for franksinger.com and Naked Kitty Productions     

 Home Page franksinger.com

chelaBOP@planetwave.net

[ contact Frank ]

       Free jazz mp3s from franksinger.com             meow! Buy CDs from NKP!             eCUTS

>>site map>>     >>site search>>    >>scrolling list>>

web grafitti
Copyright 2002 - 2017 by Frank Singer and Naked Kitty Productions. All rights reserved.