Out of tune?

Tue Jul 29 12:56:00 EDT 1997

I'm sorry guys -

"Screaming and Crying" by Otis Rush was recorded during a very bad
period for him.  I believe he was close to,  if not actually having a
breakdown (please, Dick Shurman give us the facts again)

This album is NOT representative of Otis by any stretch of the
imagination, and we really should not encourage the acquiring of this
album - I think it has been likened to having a picture taken in a
very embarrassing situation and having it published for all to see.

Please think about this.


On Tue, 29 Jul 1997 09:25:03 -0400, in bit.listserv.blues-l, "P.W.
Fenton" <pwfenton@gate.net> wrote:

>At 07:58 7/29/97 -0400, you wrote:
>>Although I'm getting pretty tired of this thread, too, it does raise an
>>interesting point. Is there a tradeoff where "emotion" can make up for
>>musical skill or technical correctness? I know that this isn't exactly what
>>this thread was originally about, but I have an Otis Rush LP called
>>"Screaming and Crying", where Otis and the band don't always seem to be
>>playing in the same key, BUT Otis is so intense in both his playing and his
>>singing, that the different keys actually add even more to the tension of the

>Otis doesn't actually play in a different key on that record, but I know
>what you mean and it's definitely linked to how emotional Otis gets.  Otis
>bends his strings quite a lot, even more than most Blues guitarists.  Otis
>bends strings even when playing separate notes (as opposed to audibly
>bending from one note to another).  When he gets excited, (emotional), he
>has a tendency to be less accurate with those bends.  As a result he
>sometimes sounds as though he is out of tune.  I think it really works
>though, because the listener senses his excitement when that
>out-of-tuneness gives his solo a wild and out of control feeling.  Buddy
>Guy's solos sometime do the same thing.

>P.W. Fenton
>Tampa, Florida



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