Dippermouth Blues by Joe Oliver 1923


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Dippermouth Blues

  • Storyville with areas for whites and black but they were segregated
  • 9 Improvised Blues choruses (12 bars each), a composed tag and an intro
  • Ragtime like form of choruses
  • Solos are most striking aspect but no individuals are allowed to dominate


  • Cornets: Alternating melodic line through call and response (typical blues) = virtuosic. Extra cornet provides denser polyphony to whole ensemble…


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