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There will be six phrases instead of three. phrases with two-bar fill-ins, as in Duke From the two- and four-bar phrases of the blues came the riff, which was the outstanding instrumental device of the so-called swing The riff is a two- or four-bar phrase repeated with very little melodic variation and almost no harmonic change over the course of era. any number of blues choruses. Blues melodies are often exquisitely simple. In Ellington's "C Jam G Blues" the four-bar main phrase consists of only two notes, and C.
These women were some- equaled times impoverished, rarely comfortable financially. They sang for gin and rent money, and their masterpieces appeared on the socalled "race" labels of the record companies. Their records were thus bought mainly by their own people, and few of these singers reached the tiny affluence which would have given them a fair life. Only Bessie Smith scored financial success, largely because Frank Walker, then Columbia Records' race record director, saved her money for her.
Handy, who wrote the enduring "Memphis Blues" and "St. Louis Blues," was not well off until his near-blind old age, when the stream of royalties from those blues began to Holiday, perhaps the of is a moderate blues present-day greatest singers, night-club success, in the boxes and holes and caverns New of York, singing classics flow* in. Billie Philadelphia, THE BLUES 33 Chicago, San Francisco, and Hollywood. Billie's trueness to the blues is a cornerstone of her greatness. While she sings a pop tune with a artistry, shaping shabby phrase so it gleams as it never did before, she does just as well in the blues, in the basic jazz songs, which she sings with unmistakable conviction.