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The Blues

From The Article: A Brief History of the Blues by Ed Kopp "Today there are many different shades of the blues."
Forms include:

  • blues - A general term that describes the rural blues of the Mississippi Delta, the Piedmont and other rural locales;
  • Jump blues - A danceable amalgam of swing and blues and a precursor to R&B. Jump blues was pioneered by Louis Jordan;
  • Boogie-woogie - A piano-based blues popularized by Meade Lux Lewis, Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson, and derived from barrelhouse and ragtime;
  • Chicago blues - Delta blues electrified;
  • Cool blues- A sophisticated piano-based form that owes much to jazz;
  • West Coast blues - Popularized mainly by Texas musicians who moved to California. West Coast blues is heavily influenced by the swing beat.
  • The Texas blues, Memphis blues, and St. Louis blues consist of a wide variety of subgenres. Louisiana blues is characterized by a swampy guitar or harmonica sound with lots of echo, while Kansas City blues is jazz oriented - think Count Basie. There is also the British blues, a rock-blues hybrid pioneered by John Mayall, Peter Green and Eric Clapton. New Orleans blues is largely piano-based, with the exception of some talented guitarists such as Guitar Slim and Snooks Eaglin.

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