Melancholy – Meade Lux Lewis
A laid-back exploration of the blues featuring a slowly rolling bass line. One of the first pieces recorded for Blue Note at their very first session. This is a detailed transcription of Meade Lux Lewis's composition for piano.
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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 (medium slow)
- Piano - Meade Lux Lewis
To learn more about Albert Ammons, Lewis's partner on that session, check out Changes In Boogie Woogie.
Transcription Notation: We strive for accuracy in our transcription notations. An arrow pointing to the left indicates a note that falls slightly before the beat, whereas a right-pointing arrow signals the pianist to lay back on the beat. Small note heads represent notes that are barely played, in between a ghost note and a regular note. Small accents indicate a note that is slightly accented.
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...