Muddy Waters Performing the Blues

This video features Muddy Waters performing a blues. The video itself has no moving pictures, just one fixed photo of Muddy Waters performing. However, the music is still sounding and you can listen to Muddy Waters singing as well as playing the guitar and blues harp.
The legendary guitar hero Jimi Hendrix said once that he decided to learn to play the guitar after he had listened to Muddy Waters performing some blues. Jimi admired Muddy, and vice versa.
Here are the lyrics of this tune which might be a problem for some overcontrolling minds, since Muddy Waters defends not only the use of alcohol but also the use marihuana for personal relaxation. Maybe that isn’t so shocking anymore when you consider that on February 6, 2009, the White House declared: “DEA Raids in Medical Marijuana States Will Stop“. Of course, there is a long way between issuing an order (as Obama did) and the practice.

Yeah bring me champagne when I’m thirsty.
Bring me reefer when I want to get high.
Yeah bring me champagne when I’m thirsty.
Bring me reefer when I want to get high.
Well you know when I’m lonely
Bring my woman set her right down here by my side.
Well you know there should be no law
on people that want to smoke a little dope.
Well you know there should be no law
on people that want to smoke a little dope.
Well you know it’s good for your head
And it relax your body don’t you know.

Everytime I get high
I lay my head down on my baby’s breast.
Well you know I lay down be quiet
Tryin’ to take my rest.
Well you know she done hug and kiss me
Says Muddy your one man that I love the best.

I’m gonna get high
Gonna get high just as sure as you know my name.
Y’know I’m gonna get so high this morning
It’s going to be a cryin’ shame.
Well you know I’m gonna stick with my reefer
Ain’t gonna be messin’ round with no cocaine.

Blues Legend Big Bill Broonzy Performing Hey Hey

This video features the great blues guitar legend Big Bill Broonzy (born as William Lee Conley Broonzy) performing the tune Hey Hey. Even though Big Bill Broonzy is not very well known, he has recorded about 350 songs! The guitar player and singer gained a certain popularity with his small band as one of the first blues singers who included a bass and drums in his performances. The band was called Big Bill and his Chicago Five.
Big Bill Broonzy was born in the state of Missisipi in 1893 or 95 and lived until 1958. When he moved to Chicago, he began to play the guitar and soon began playing clubs and participating in recording sessions. His playing is in the folk blues tradition and despite the fact that in the 40s he had begun to experiment with the electric guitar, he returned to his classical picking style and singing, mostly because his audience wanted so because it seemed more authentic to them.
Big Bill Broonzy has recorded with musicians like Leadbelly, Pete Seeger, Brownie Mcghee and Sonny Terry, among others. He has been a source of inspiration to other blues giants as Muddy Waters and Memphis Slim.
In this video Big Bil Broonzy shows his personal picking style that the mostly white audiences wanted him to play.

Blues with B.B.King, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton on Sweet Little Angel

This video show an all stars line-up with B. B. King, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton performing Sweet Little Angel together live on stage. The blues originally had been music played and sung by black people in the United States and is the base for the later development into R&B or Rhythm and Blues as well as Rock and Roll and subsequent other subgenres of rock music.
Fortunately, white rock idols remembered where they were coming from and called some of the original blues legends to perform with them. This way legendary performers like B.B. King, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy and others were brought back to the audience and will be remembered for a long time.
Some of these original blues players had been forgotten and were living working in jobs that had nothing to do with music, so it was a great idea to have them back on stage. There might have been a good part of marketing in this idea as well though …
However, these five great blues guitar players perform the Sweet Little Angel song and each one has his solo part, sustained by the rest of the group and the result is a nice performance where you can appreciate the abilities and style of each of the performers. I wish there was more blues like this one being played in the radio and tv stations.

Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Ben Webster and Billie Holiday playing the blues

Watch this video with some of the greatest jazz musicians ever playing and singing the blues. Listen to Coleman Hawkins sweet mellow tone and enjoy Lester Young leaping in on this song.
At the beginning of the video, Billie Holiday is talking about the blues music, dividing it into sad blues and happy blues and stating that everything she sings is part of her life.
The lineup is an all star band with the following personel in order of appearance: Ben Webster – Tenor Sax, Lester Young – Tenor, Dick Dickenson – Trombone, Gerry Mulligan – Baritone Sax, Coleman Hawkins – Tenor and Roy Eldridge onTrumpet. It’s interesting to look at Billie Holiday’s face while the cats are soloing, she really is with them. And of course, listen to her voice when she is singing.
We know that the video’s sound quality isn’t the best, but this was recorded around the mid fifties, so please be indulgent… As always in these cases, we believe that it is much better to know and listen to the original versions even though they have less sound quality than listening to perfectly dolbey stereo recorded sound with poor content. If you can’t enjoy the music because of the sound impurities, we feel sorry for you but we suspect you also like studio made porn pictures better than an original photograph showing an american indian at the beginning of the 20th century, just because the porn pic is very well produced while the grain and contrast of the photo from the early days of photography is relatively coarse.
As always when I post about saxophone players, I like to mention our poll about the best tenor saxophone player ever. Go there and speak up.

Albert King – Born under a bad sign – Blues with much soul

Watch this video with black blues guitar player Albert King performing his song Born Under a Bad Sign. The arrangement includes a brass section wiith trumpets, trombones and saxophones. The clip has fair audio quality and presents one of the most important blues players with his band live on stage.
Albert King plays with a personal way of putting the strings of the guitar: he’s got the high e-string on the top (upside down) so he can play very cool bends. Listen to the blues guitar solos of Albert King whenever you can, he plays the traditional blues with a lot of soul, getting funky …
Blues musicians dont compare each other, they play the blues because they love it and they have something to say. They don’t want to be better than the other ones! Actually, this applies to almost all musicians. However, there are a few out there who pretend to be better than the rest, well being better than the rest of the guitar players for example still is a personal and therefor subjective point of view. Instead, musicians know that if they have something to say, they will be heard by their fellow musicians.

Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass – ‘Stormy Weather’

Watch this video of two jazz giants treating the classical blues theme ‘Stormy Weather’. As always, Joe Pass plays his guitar in a superb manner and building an excellent base for the divine voice of Ella Fitzgerald. This video was recorded around 1975 in a german television studio.

Jimi Hendrix – ‘Hear My Train A Comin”

Watch this video of Jimi Hendrix playing the song ‘Hear My Train A Comin” on an acoustic 12-string guitar. Hear Jimi Hendrix gowing back to the roots playing this amazing blues which already contains the seeds for the later ‘Voodoo Child’ Jimi Hendrix Guitar Classic.
Jimi Hendrix is mostly known as a legend of the electric guitar, but watch this video clip of some accoustic guitar music Hendrix made up during a photo session. As an electric guitar player Jimi Hendrix has been a source of inspiration for generations of guitar players, conting between them such rock music giants as Frank Zappa, Steve Ray Vaughan and many other famous rock music guitar players.