Track 8. ITALIAN SHUFFLE: Sam Lay Goes for Baroque

Track 8. Italian Shuffle / Flip Flop & Fly

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I performed ITALIAN SHUFFLE as an instrumental for the classical radio station WFMT and Kerry Frumpkin read my description of the work that I wrote especially for him. 

Based on the feel of a Chicago Blues Shuffle, the rhythm figure is altered out of the normal grid creating what I call rhythmic dissonance which actually makes the consonance feel much stronger.   Each 2nd note in each beat is moved over by a 64th (in much of this work) to add this extra energy to the rhythm.  It gives you that "got to get up and boogie" feel.  Not all that different from the 1800s where the Viennese Waltz was performed with the third note in each phrase being delayed to give you that "got to get up and promenade" feeling.  The melodic structure of the first three verses use phrasing and scale tones that are anything but blues.  It sounds more like an Italian Opera.  So instead of calling this a "Chicago blues shuffle" I call it a "Tuscany Shuffle."

Basically I was looking for a way to create a blues shuffle from a classical perspective and I believe we did it.  After the first three verses the string quartet moves into more of a standard blues feel - especially melodically, and that's where Sam Lay makes his surprise entrance.   ... more to come on this story ... in the mean time here's a nice slide show for you.  - Corky

Photo Slide Show by Chuck Osgood

Follow 2015 rock 'n' roll Hall of Fame Inductee and blues legend, Sam Lay, as he reaches back into his blues roots, past the 1900s, through the Romantic and Classical periods, stumbling precariously in the general direction of the Baroque period, where he joins up with a classical string quartet as in Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues. 

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Sam recorded and performed with such icons as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Paul Butterfield, Bob Dylan, and is featured on 43 vintage Chess Records hits that inspired groups like the Rolling Stones.  Do you know any blues masters that have done a whole show with a String Quartet and Indian Tabla?  Journey to places you've never been before.

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