Smooth Blues was IBC Disqualifications

George Willett unklegeo@earthlink.net
Fri Mar 4 19:42:01 EST 2005


I can hear it now........."I Left My Heart In Ittabena" by the 101 Harps..

I left my heart
        in Ittabena
Out on the flats it calls to me.
        To be where nasty-smelling mules
pull cultivation tools,
        the sweat & bugs they fill my hair,
I don't care......


> [Original Message]
> From: Mike Edwards <mike@KINGMUDDFISH.COM>
> To: <BLUES-L@LISTS.NETSPACE.ORG>
> Date: 3/4/2005 7:17:02 PM
> Subject: Re: Smooth Blues was IBC Disqualifications
>
> Oh gees, now I'm gonna have to make something up quick!
>
> I never heard it from anyone else, I use the term to describe pleasant
> sounding blues; sort of the reverse adaptation of the standards,
philosophy
> and components that make up smooth jazz, only applied to the blues.
>
> Turn to any smooth jazz station (every town has a couple of three it
seems)
> and subject yourself to it for a couple of hours. You will either become
> hopelessly addicted to it and we will lose you forever, or you will
> go "people call this jazz?". If you weren't really into music, you would
> probably find it totally inoffensive and nice music to have playing in the
> background while you review tax returns or make portfolio rebalancing
> decisions.
>
> I have a feeling that nasty ass Elmore James slide licks or Hound Dog
> Taylor's blue slosh would find their way into smooth blues. But I bet
> someone could make a big load of cash from it. Think Chuck Mangione or
Herb
> Alpert doing the blues.
>
> I'm not making any subjective judgements regarding the quality or validity
> of smooth jazz or smooth blues, much in the same way I don't make any
> judgements of a similar soft rock genre. I just see it coming at us full
> bore.
>
> Sincerely,
> Mike Edwards
> mike@kingmuddfish.com
> http://www.kingmuddfish.com/
>
> On Fri, 4 Mar 2005 15:30:17 -0800, Steven Harnar
<chrfoblues2005@yahoo.com>
> wrote:
>
> >I've been meaning to ask, what exactly is "smooth blues" I sent that to
> Bruce Flett of the Bluebirds down in Shreveport and he wanted to know what
> that was...he was horrified that they may be playing some of that horrible
> stuff in their casino gig @ the HORSESHOE there.  I told him not to worry
> about it, they were playing what they had to play for the casino crowd.
> Besides when Buddy Flett pulls out his slide and starts with the raw
Elmore
> James style of his no one will mistake them for elevator music.
> >
> >Steve Harnar
> >Hot Springs
> >
> >Walter Potter <maxdog-blues-l@comcast.net> wrote:
> >Mike Edwards wrote:
> >
> >>I’m getting the feeling that we will soon be entering a phase
> where “smooth
> >>blues” will take over the airwaves in much the same manner as smooth
jazz.
> >>
> >OH NO! We're back to talking about Keb' Mo' again.
> >--
> >maxdog
> >
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