The blues are mysterious. Otherworldly, even. Tonally, the blues forms its own universe, neither minor nor major. There’s a dominant seven, there’s a cluster of chromatics around the tritone, and that pillar of tonality — the third — is liquid, bending like a lakeside reed. Bob Coons plugs his guitar in and helps me investigate the heptonic blues scale. We also hear how Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” works over blues changes, and see how even Henry Mancini bent the three.
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