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Mercer Ellington has stated that Juan Tizol conceived the melody to "Caravan" in 1936 as a result of his days studying music in Puerto Rico, where they couldn't afford much sheet music so the teacher would turn the music upside down after they had learned to play it right-side up. This "inversion" technique led to a modal sound throughout Tizol's work - wikipedia entry for "modal jazz"

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Offline RobBob

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Re: Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues
« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2011, 05:57:53 PM »
I've got this and the new book about Son House on pre-order at Amazon, through the Weenie portal.  Hope they are good.

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Re: Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues
« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2011, 02:12:08 PM »
Just got word that this book and the new Son House book have shipped from Amazon today.

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Re: Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues
« Reply #17 on: June 26, 2011, 04:52:54 AM »
Got my MJ Hurt book in the mail yesterday. This looks like a great book with a lot of information and thoroughly researched.

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Re: Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues
« Reply #18 on: June 28, 2011, 01:46:36 PM »
And today the Son House book arrived, so all is well!


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Re: Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues
« Reply #19 on: July 07, 2011, 08:21:24 PM »
 I absolutely loved this book!! It took me back many years, remembering when I first heard and fell in love with MJH. I listened to every MJH disc that I have as I read every page, it just made the whole thing come alive for me. This and the Broonzy book have had a great impact on me in the last few months, I can't wait to read the Son House bio...


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Re: Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues
« Reply #20 on: November 23, 2011, 04:56:32 PM »
After wolfing the book too fast, just in a couple of days, I'm rereading it for the second time through.  If you love MJH, I think it's a must have.

Cheers

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Re: Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues
« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2012, 09:07:17 AM »
Has anyone done a real review of this book yet?
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Re: Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues
« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2012, 09:57:58 AM »
Has anyone done a real review of this book yet?

Not that I'm aware of. I read it and I recommend it, but that is far from a "real review." 

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Re: Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues
« Reply #23 on: January 16, 2012, 10:52:29 AM »
Here's a short one from the evergreen critic Ron Weinstock  :)

http://inabluemood.blogspot.com/2011/07/life-and-legacy-of-mississippi-john.html

Check out elsewhere on his blog for reviews of Son House, Broonzy and Hopkins biogs.

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Re: Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues
« Reply #24 on: January 16, 2012, 11:04:17 AM »
Mr. O'
Blues & Rhythm; The Gospel Truth (Brit mag) has one by Howard Rye in current issue, and Living Blues has. Review by Scott Barretta.

CD  also getting reviewed: Blackgrooves <<http://blackgrooves.org/>> an on-line mag of and by serious African-American culture-vultures; and in Old Time Herald  by our own Lyle L.
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Re: Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues
« Reply #25 on: January 16, 2012, 12:14:55 PM »
I keep meaning to get this, but its still very expensive in the UK...  The equivalent of $50 for the hardback on Amazon.  $25.55 on US Amazon.

Even the kindle version is the equivalent of $28 in the UK!.

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Re: Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues
« Reply #26 on: January 16, 2012, 07:51:27 PM »
My brother just got this as a gift for me last week. I'm about a third of the way through it now and it's great so far. Has anyone heard the new MJH Discovery recordings that were released a few months ago?


http://www.amazon.com/Discovery-Rebirth-Mississippi-John-Hurt/dp/B005L3HKCC/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1326772172&sr=8-5

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Re: Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues
« Reply #27 on: January 16, 2012, 08:21:49 PM »
Thanks for the reminder about this disk. I just sampled the tracks on Amazon, sounds pretty indispensable to me and I ordered the CD. Love the rooster chiming-in on Got The Blues, that's really funny.

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Re: Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues
« Reply #28 on: January 18, 2012, 07:08:59 AM »
I just ordered the Discovery CD from Amazon this morning.

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Re: Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues
« Reply #29 on: October 17, 2013, 10:37:41 AM »
Played a gig at the Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale MS this past weekend (for the Pinetop Perkins Homecoming Festical) and Guy at the Shack threw a copy of this book in with our pay!  I had eyed it in their gift shop the last couple of times we were down, and I guess he caught me looking this time and decided I needed to have it.  I'm about 20 pages in and am loving it.  Maybe I'll write a full review when I get through.

 


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