The Beautiful Loneliness of Blues Piano

Updated: Aug 20


In this 1962 Jazz Casual appearance, Blues Shouter Jimmy Rushing demonstrates the variances in regional blues from Kansas City to Chicago. While it may be an impossible task to explain the blues, it is certainly not hard to feel or understand. Blues emits the simultaneous feeling of grief and love, sadness and joy, fleeting pleasure, and earnest misery. Just as the Germans have a word for taking delight in the misfortune of others (Schadenfreude), a word that has no English equivalent, so too do the Americans have a term for the duality of pain and affection—The Blues—which is best expressed through chords and wandering melodies.

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