By David Stubbs
Title note: unique identify Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo baby: The tales at the back of each Song
Publish yr note: First released July seventh 2003
Jimi Hendrix was once very top-of-the-line solo rock artist of all time. He was once the ideally suited actual and musical brand of rock song. If somebody personified the style in its purest, so much powerful and inflammatory shape, it was once Hendrix. He used to be unprecedented as a sonic sculptor of fretboard electrical energy. With a deceptively theatrical sexuality, he wrought a molten and big physique of sound, which left his contemporaries sounding small, monochrome and tinny via comparability, a physique of sound that is nonetheless awe-inspiring today.
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A suggestion might be met with a question about what key the tune is in, or the proposer may clarify an ambiguous suggestion (“It’s ‘I Got Rhythm’ ” or “It’s a blues”) until the others have a clear enough idea of what the suggestion will entail for them to decide whether to accept it or not. The questions, answers, and discussions reﬂect dimensions of what performers think has to be considered in this situation. If they reject the suggestion, they start all over again. These negotiations, as we’ll see later, take place in a few seconds but are no less complicated for all that.
Many tunes would have vanished long ago if they hadn’t proﬁted from such an accident. Would anyone be playing “Surrey with the Fringe on the Top” today if Miles Davis hadn’t recorded it? Or “Mean To Me” or “What A Little Moonlight Can Do” if Billie Holiday hadn’t recorded them because the Brunswick recording company, in the 1930s, had hired her and Teddy Wilson to turn out four sides a month of currently popular tunes? Wilson hired the best musicians around, Holiday developed her classic style in the course of this long series of sessions, and today the recordings are jazz classics, part of the storehouse of available music players have learned from.
Musicians vary this blues structure endlessly. A small example: instead of two bars of the dominant (a chord built on the ﬁfth note of the key, F7 in the example) in bars 9 and 10, bar 10 can be the subdominant (a chord built on the fourth note of the scale, E♭7). The melodies, especially when the blues are sung, are more or less traditional and relatively unimportant. Instrumental versions usually contain short melodies someone has composed over these chords and given a name to (Charlie Parker’s “Now’s the Time,” Duke Ellington’s “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be”).