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Martin Williams

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780195083491

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.001.0001

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Poetry from the Delta

Poetry from the Delta

Chapter:
(p.248) Poetry from the Delta
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Jazz Changes
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Williams Martin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.003.0045

The sixteen tracks on “Robert Johnson: King of the Delta Blues Singers”—some of them previously unreleased and some of them alternate takes—were conducted at several sessions between 1936–7, the only recording dates of self-accompanying Robert Johnson, Mississippi Delta blues singer. Johnson's performance apparently was the direct product of the Mississippi Delta blues tradition, and it was also a surprise to those who believed that the original “country” blues is restrained in tempo and emotion to the slow moodiness of, for example, Bill Broonzy's later days. His kind of emotional sincerity takes courage bravery. And if jazz did not have such courage and bravery in its background, it would definitely not have survived.

Keywords:   Robert Johnson, jazz, Mississippi Delta blues, Bill Broonzy, Mississippi, tempo, emotion

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