As cutting edge jazz pianist Jason Moran noted with the title of his 2005 album "Same Mother," jazz and blues are two branches on the same family tree. Never ones to deny their roots, jazz musicians have continued to offer their own interpretations of the classic 12-bar blues progression for almost a century. The earliest jazz recordings feature blues-based compositions like King Oliver's "West End Blues," Spencer Williams' "Royal Garden Blues," and W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues," and today's jazz musicians still play these tunes as well as their own blues-based creations.
Listeners will be surprised by the channel's musical diversity. While all of the 600+ streaming songs are based on the same harmonic foundation, there is an extremely wide palette of colors, moods, and rhythms to be heard. From the straightforward big band swing of Ellington's classic "C Jam Blues" to the angular bebop of Charlie Parker's "Bloomdido" and the dark harmonies of Wayne Shorter's "Footprints," the blues is full of endless possibilities.
"Nothin' but the Blues" brings the total AccuJazz channel tally to 44, including such popular channels as "Piano Jazz," "Decade: 50s," "Straight Ahead," and "Jazz Fusion." As with all AccuJazz channels, listeners can customize their experience by pausing, skipping songs, and "deselecting" artists they would rather not hear. Listen now at AccuJazz.com.