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skip james piano pieces

Postby farmaz » Sun Jul 12, 2009 3:53 pm

2 things.......

1) anyone know if he ever did guitar versions?......i.e. live shows or extra takes etc

2) whats people's views on them?.......

personally i aint a huge fan of them, i really dont think piano goes well with blues music at all. i dont think the piano sounds right with the lyrical & style of the music. i find the guitaris the PERFECT instrument for the "vibe" or "feeling/soul" of the music (i mean the "feeling" you get from someone like skip james, say the tune Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues how could you put any other instrrument other than a guitar)

thanks in advance......
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Re: skip james piano pieces

Postby allanlummox » Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:15 pm

"i really dont think piano goes well with blues music at all."


rrr uh


OK, the finger style of early Blues guitar is derived from imitating the piano - specifically, the Ragtime piano style of the previous era. The Piano is SO wrapped up in the development of the Blues that I can't quite get my head around what you're saying.

I'd recommend checking out some Big Joe Duskin or someone like that, some Leroy Carr - one of the biggest influences on ALL blues, guitar or otherwise.

The "problem" with Skip James' Piano playing is - he plays like a guitarist. But I bet that if you check out some of the great Blues piano out there, you see what I'm talking about.


farmaz wrote:2 things.......

1) anyone know if he ever did guitar versions?......i.e. live shows or extra takes etc

2) whats people's views on them?.......

personally i aint a huge fan of them, i really dont think piano goes well with blues music at all. i dont think the piano sounds right with the lyrical & style of the music. i find the guitaris the PERFECT instrument for the "vibe" or "feeling/soul" of the music (i mean the "feeling" you get from someone like skip james, say the tune Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues how could you put any other instrrument other than a guitar)

thanks in advance......
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Re: skip james piano pieces

Postby ricochet » Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:19 pm

The common old blues guitar shuffle is adapted from the piano.
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Re: skip james piano pieces

Postby farmaz » Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:19 pm

there you go, i got educated by wiser people.

i had heard a few piano pieces on blind lemon jefferson music & i know he was around before skip james but i just assumed it was a 1 off thing, guess i was wrong.

you serious about guitar being adapted to fit piano blues?

you got any youtube links etc to some good piano blues as i am allways up for testing my views on things, as i said i really aint a fan of piano but if there is a geat piano player i would be willing to listen to it & try it out, like tinsmith i aint stuck 100% in my views, i may be missing out on some of the best music i ever heard!

educate me ricochet & allan lummox please
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Re: skip james piano pieces

Postby allanlummox » Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:18 pm

Joe Duskin


Professor Longhair


Leroy Carr with Scrapper Blackwell


Leroy Carr again - How long Blues, one of the most influential songs in the Blues.


I'm personally CRAZY about Hammond Organ, and you should check out Jimmy Smith, he kicks the hell out of a blues - but that's a different instrument.
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Re: skip james piano pieces

Postby ricochet » Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:19 pm

+1 on Hammond organ, Jimmy Smith, and Professor Longhair!
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Re: skip james piano pieces

Postby allanlummox » Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:35 pm

The music I grew up closest to was my Mom's box of 45's from when she and my Dad were courting - a lot of great music recorded in the 1950's, the Ink Spots, Chuck Berry - no Elvis. It was a thing, like not EVERYONE loves the Beatles.

Anyway, some of the records I loved the most were Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis (I figured those two HAD to be related) and Fats Domino. So by the time I learned what the blues was, I recognized that piano right away.



Another crucial cat to be aware of is Otis Spann, a Muddy Waters alumni
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Re: skip james piano pieces

Postby allanlummox » Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:08 pm

I don't want to keep doing this, but I'd be remiss if I didn't get Pinetop Perkins in there


Pinetop played with Muddy - and a lot of others. One of the real blues giants.
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Re: skip james piano pieces

Postby allanlummox » Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:20 pm

Oh hell - now I'm on a tear. Here's one of my favorite songs, sung by it's creator, the great Amos Milburn.


Another of my all time favorite songs, here's Eddie Boyd singing "Five long years"
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Re: skip james piano pieces

Postby ricochet » Tue Jul 14, 2009 1:36 am

Amos Milburn, oh yeah! :mrgreen:
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Re: skip james piano pieces

Postby goldbrick » Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:32 am

Jimmy Smith with Kenny Burrell-- Just awesome

Booker T and Steve Cropper more great organ and guitar

Felix Cavilliere and Steve Cropper too

Might also try Groove Holmes or Joey DeFrancesco

Not a huge piano fan but love that Hammond blues sound
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Re: skip james piano pieces

Postby ricochet » Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:20 pm

I love Booker T. & the M.G.s!
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Re: skip james piano pieces

Postby farmaz » Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:46 pm

Eddie Boyd singing "Five long years"


out of all the clips thats the only 1 i think is ok, i just cant get into the piano sound
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Re: skip james piano pieces

Postby allanlummox » Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:06 pm

Well, there's no accounting for taste.

I must admit I find it hard to believe ANYONE doesn't like Little Richard though.
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Re: skip james piano pieces

Postby farmaz » Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:58 pm

allanlummox wrote:Well, there's no accounting for taste.

I must admit I find it hard to believe ANYONE doesn't like Little Richard though.


well if we all liked the same thing the world would be a boaring place.

and yes i dont lke little richard ither, just wondering how old you are Mr Lummox?.......were you alive when elvis/little richard were major pop stars?.......
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