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She thrived in any musical context: jazz, blues, hokum, pop.

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Music as volatile as bare wires, as raw as a flayed body.

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His career recapitulated the mystery of the blues in miniature.

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“The greatest blues singer that I ever knew.”

BukkaWhite-medallion

“I had to burn a guy a little and they gave me a little time”

davis

Sometimes it pays a man to keep his eyes closed.

JohnLee-SonnyBoy-Williamson

An inspired, slurry vocalist of darkness and wit.

EarlHooker-TwoBugs

His speed, touch, range and daring were unrivaled.

JackTeagarden-HiLo

“We play unsegregated music.”

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Neglected puzzle master of country, cajun, jazz, and the blues.

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Beyond the jargon of authenticity, dissonance and dark places.

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“St. Louis Blues” may be “the jazzman’s Hamlet,” as one critic has it, but its author, W.C. HANDY (1873-1955) might be compared more fairly to Aeschylus than to Shakespeare. Just as the Greek’s works served to codify the conventions of tragic drama, the very genera “blues” derives from Handy’s early compositions, as do its characteristic […]