Blues part 5 – Meade Lux Lewis
The fifth in a series of five solo explorations of the blues, recorded at the very first Blue Note session. Our transcription is very detailed with all important dynamic and articulation markings.
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- Recording: Albert Ammons - Meade Lux Lewis - The First Day
- Recorded on: January 6, 1939
- Label: Blue Note (7-98450-2)
- Concert Key: C
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (slow)
- Piano - Meade Lux Lewis
The rolling triplet texture in the fourth chorus is similar to that of the third chorus of part 1. A couple of short rising and falling fast runs are reminiscent of similar runs in part 3, for example at the beginning of the third chorus. The descending chordal figure that shows up many times in this series appears again in this one, in the ninth measure of the fourth chorus.
"The First Day."
These solos are played with a rolling swing feel, and we have notated swing eighth notes in triplets in many places where the rhythmic feel is dominated by triplets.
September 4, 1905 – June 7, 1964
Born Meade Anderson Lewis in Chicago, Meade "Lux" Lewis is one of the most important early jazz pianists. When he was a child, his father insisted that Meade learn violin. After his father died, he took up piano at the age of 16. He learned by listening to pianist Jimmy Yancey and received no training. Despite this, his considerable skill earned him the attention of the Chicago music scene, and in addition to securing local gigs, he made his recording debut in 1927 with "Honky Tonk Train Blues" for Paramount Records. Read more...