Duke Ellington – “Washington Wobble”

There is some debate as to the origin of this Duke Ellington title. “Washington Wobble” might pay tribute to the earthquake-prone Evergreen State; Others claim it refers to Elmer Fudd, describing our elected or appointed officials and their well-heeled lobbyists in Ellington’s birthplace of Washington, DC! Either way, it cooks from start to finish with some great up-tempo section work and lively solo playing, and today is a fine day to post some classic American music.

The Best American Blues Song Sung By A Woman, Ma Rainey

ma-rainey-american-blues-woman-mother-of-bluesBlues is a popular music genre which originated in the southern United States around the end of the 19th century. While most of these blues artists were male, one notable exception was Ma Rainey. She is known as the mother of the blues. Listen to “Slave to the Blues” and you will understand why.

Bessie Smith – “Muddy Water Mississippi Moan”

Composed in the Spring of 1927 during The Great Mississippi Flood, “Muddy Water Mississippi Moan” was soon recorded by the great Bessie Smith for this classic version. Smith’s pure and plaintif vocal is brilliantly accompanied by a small, live jazz combo. You’ll note the mp3 is as clean as a whistle, thanks to a well-preserved master recording, and an expert transfer to digital. This puts you right in the room during a great moment in early recorded American music.