Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Piano Blues

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Piano Blues

     
 

The quintessential instrument of the blues may still be the guitar, but the piano has played a large part in the music almost from the beginning, and it continues to do so as the blues evolves. This smart collection ropes together performances from keyboard masters in various genres, each giving a distinctive take on the blues. Thus, the New Orleans giant Professor… See more details below

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The quintessential instrument of the blues may still be the guitar, but the piano has played a large part in the music almost from the beginning, and it continues to do so as the blues evolves. This smart collection ropes together performances from keyboard masters in various genres, each giving a distinctive take on the blues. Thus, the New Orleans giant Professor Longhair shares space with jazz masters Duke Ellington, Art Tatum, Count Basie, and Thelonious Monk, who sidle up to R&B legends Ray Charles and Fats Domino, blues paragons Otis Spann and Jimmy Yancy, and contemporary blues mavens including Dr. John, Marcia Ball, and Henry Townsend. Despite all the historical and stylistic differences represented here, the performances are inextricably connected. The key to the set’s success is, of course, the musical glue of the blues, whose strains infuse America’s popular music as a whole.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Clint Eastwood's chapter in Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues centers around the piano's role in the development of the blues. In typical Eastwood fashion, he goes not for the easy or common associations of the instrument with the music, but looks expansively at how the restricted sonics of the piano as a melodic instrument and its possibilities as a percussion instrument created a spiralling and deep-rooted bottom for the music in all genres of popular music as it developed in the 20th century. Here is Jimmy Yancey's primitive and profound version of "How Long Blues" juxtaposed against the harmonically sophisticated read of the song by Count Basie and his orchestra. The New Orleans blues are celebrated in their modern incarnations -- as they contributed to the architecture of rock & roll by the inclusion of Fats Domino's "Fat Man" and Joe Turner's "The Ladder." The blues as exemplified in soul music as it came from R&B are revealed by Ray Charles' "What'd I Say" -- both parts -- and as they informed modern jazz in the glorious trio recording of "Backwards Country Boy Blues" by Max Roach, Charles Mingus, and Duke Ellington, and in Thelonious Monk's "Blue Monk." What Eastwood is trying to show in the film and on the soundtrack is how the 12-bar blues was not only a platform, but a devil's playground for experimentation, rhythmic invention, and harmonic extrapolation. And he succeeds in this aural document by creating the most provocative of the series' soundtracks.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969049228
catalogNumber:
90492

Tracks

  1. How Long Blues
  2. Boogie Woogie Prayer, Pt. 1  -  Boogie Woogie Boys
  3. How Long Blues  -  Count Basie Orchestra
  4. Driftin' Blues  -  Johnny Moore's Three Blazers
  5. The Fat Man  - Fats Domino
  6. Tatum Pole Boogie  - Art Tatum
  7. Tipitina  - Professor Longhair
  8. What'd I Say, Pts. 1 & 2  - Ray Charles
  9. Good Morning Mr. Blues
  10. Backward Country Boy Blues  - Duke Ellington
  11. Blue Monk  - Thelonious Monk
  12. Piney Brown Blues  - Jay McShann
  13. Mission Ranch Blues  - Jay McShann
  14. The Ladder  - Big Joe Turner
  15. Honey Dripper  -  Dr. John
  16. World Full of People  - Henry Townsend
  17. Big Chief  -  Dr. John
  18. Carmel Blues  - Pinetop Perkins
  19. Travelin' Blues  - Dave Brubeck
  20. How Long Blues  - Pete Jolly

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marcia Ball   Piano
Charles Brown   Piano,Vocals
Johnny Otis   Drums
Henry Townsend   Piano,Vocals
Jimmy Yancey   Piano,Soloist
Ray Charles   Electric Piano,Vocals
Dr. John   Piano,Vocals
Albert Ammons   Piano
Count Basie   Piano,Leader
Marcus Belgrave   Trumpet
Bob Brookmeyer   Valve Trombone
Dave Brubeck   Piano
Conte Candoli   Trumpet
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Hank Crawford   Baritone Saxophone
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Larry Gales   Bass
Freddie Green   Guitar
Peter Johnson   Piano
Jo Jones   Drums
Jay McShann   Piano
Charles Mingus   Bass
Oliver Nelson   Conductor
Max Roach   Drums
Charlie Rouse   Saxophone
Jimmy Rushing   Vocals
Buddy Tate   Tenor Saxophone
Art Tatum   Piano
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Bryant   Trumpet
Pete Jolly   Piano
Benny Morton   Trombone
Dave Bartholomew   Trumpet
Walter Page   Bass
Billy Byers   Trombone
Gene Cipriano   Saxophone
Shad Collins   Trumpet
Fats Domino   Piano,Vocals
Duke Ellington   Piano
Robert Edwards   Slide Guitar
Frank Fields   Bass
John Guerin   Percussion
Herb Hardesty   Tenor Saxophone
Howard Roberts   Guitar
Meade "Lux" Lewis   Piano
Ernest McLean   Guitar
Dan Minor   Trombone
Thelonious Monk   Piano
David "Fathead" Newman   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Earl Palmer   Drums
Raelettes   Background Vocals
Ernie Small   Saxophone
Otis Spann   Piano,Vocals
Milt Turner   Drums
Alvin "Red" Tyler   Baritone Saxophone
Earle Warren   Alto Saxophone
Jack Washington   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Ernie Watts   Saxophone
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Edgar Willis   Bass
Michael Wimberly   Trombone
Clarence Hall   Tenor Saxophone
Fred Hill   Trumpet
Ed Lewis   Trumpet
Sho Komiya   Bass
Johnny Moore Band   Guitar
Eddie Williams   Bass
John Paul Hunt   Trumpet
Thomas Scott   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Charles Brown   Composer
Leroy Carr   Composer
Wynonie Harris   Composer
Earl King   Composer
Big Joe Turner   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Jimmy Liggins   Composer
Joe Liggins   Composer
Albert Ammons   Composer
Dave Brubeck   Composer
Peter Johnson   Composer
Jay McShann   Composer
Oliver Nelson   Arranger
Art Tatum   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer,Producer
Earl Gaines   Composer
Steven Berkowitz   Producer
Clint Eastwood   Producer
Didier C. Deutsch   Producer
Fats Domino   Composer
Alan Douglas   Producer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Eddie Durham   Arranger
Ahmet Ertegun   Producer
Ulrich Felsburg   Executive Producer
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes
P.L. Johnson   Composer
Meade "Lux" Lewis   Composer
Teo Macero   Producer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Gene Norman   Producer
Hank O'Neal   Producer
Otis Spann   Composer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Joseph Vernon Turner   Composer
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Darcy Proper   Mastering
Bruce Ricker   Producer
Martin Scorsese   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Margaret Bodde   Producer
Iola Brubeck   Composer
Henry Roeland Byrd   Composer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
H. Townsend   Composer
Alex Gibney   Producer
Traditional   Composer
John Christiana   Packaging Manager
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers   Composer
Adam Owett   Art Direction
Eddie Williams   Composer
Paul "PDA" Allen   Executive Producer
Richard Hutton   Producer
Ellen Nygaard   Icon
Jody Patton   Executive Producer
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer
Querzerque   Composer

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