That's my impression too

by Nick Dellow

"Singin' the Blues may not seem very slow by today's ballad standards, but in 1927 it was about as slow as anyone dared to be without strings and sweet arrangements. It is reasonable to assume that Bix's concept of playing a ballad in moderate 4/4 tempo came, at least in part, from his passion for romantic and impressionistic melodies in formal music."

I think this rather neatly sums up why "Singin' The Blues" is considered to be the first jazz 'ballad' recording, even if it is technically mid-tempo. One needs to put the metronome to one side and consider the larger impressionistic picture.

Posted on Oct 31, 2017, 2:12 AM

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