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Martin Williams

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780195083491

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.001.0001

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Jazz Changes

Williams Martin

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“Wolverine Blues” is one of Jelly Roll Morton's most successful records. It contains some of the very best in this series, but it had one weird lapse, and he played a part of it better than his other versions. “Wolverine Blues” was not blues, neither an 8-, 12-, or 16-bar blues. “Wolverine Blues” was a record in three themes, A, B, A, C. Morton played A and another variation on A with a stiffer beat. Theme B was the basis for the two choruses. Morton started at A, but changed to the interlude leading to C.

Keywords:   Wolverine Blues, blues, themes, interlude, stiff, variation

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