We have to rewind history far back if we want to reach the epoch when the music genre blues was considered to be rebellious, dangerous, a threat against society and existing norms and, above all, sinful. Today, we constantly use those blue notes that constituted a threat back then. We use them in hundreds of old and new genres. So our ears and senses are used to the tritone nowadays.
But I continue to play blues, or at least bluesy. Why? Because it’s got something. Still.
Five years ago I did not exactly know what I was looking for in the blues. But then it happened: The blues needs an odd rythm instead of the old common 4/4. Then it becomes real blue.
So why do I write about this now? Partly because I recently read that Freddie Hubbard died five months ago – he is worth remembering – and partly because I have started a new project where the goal is to digitalize all my own old (and new) notes and present free sheet music here on Blog Off.
Freddie Hubbard released the album Blue Spirits in 1965. The first tune Soul Surge is an instrumental soul-blues with 7 beats in each measure. Brilliant!
So the thought that blues can be combined with odd measures is not a new one. But it is a bit forgotten…
I released an album in 2005 with the tune That Blues, a blues in 7/4. Let us dedicate this tune to Freddie!
And here comes the sheet music (click on the picture to open a large version for printing):