Re: [Harp-L] Juke and Leap Frog

I read an interview with James Cotton where he said he thought it was ridiculous that all these harp players were trying to play Juke note by note when live Little Walter never played it the same night to night.

-----Original Message----- From: The Iceman
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Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Juke and Leap Frog

I get the idea that LW may have always played his tunes somewhat differently rather than memorize and repeat - sort of a harmonica Billie Holliday

-----Original Message----- From: Doug Schroer <dougharps@xxxxxxxxx> To: Harp-l for posting <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Mon, Jun 1, 2015 11:15 am Subject: [Harp-L] Juke and Leap Frog

After listening once again to the hit and alternate versions of "Juke" I think it is evident that LW had a lot of phrases he could use to play over 12 bar segments of an instrumental song. My view is that he would play to this instrumental groove and use whatever phrases appealed to him at the time. There are far more differences in the two versions than similarities due to his use of different phrases or different renditions of similar phrases for each 12 bar segment.

Either there was no one version of this song and he made it up
as he went
each time, playing whichever phrase passed through his mind, or he
forced to shorten his long live song to fit the record format.  Perhaps
would play a much longer version live that included many more phrases
could fit on a record side.

My belief is that his musical mind was full
of ideas he could play over 12
bar segments, some his own, some riffs or
melodies from other songs he had
heard played by horn bands, and he would just
GO... and play.

Without the "Leap Frog" riff on the record would he have had
a hit?  I
think so. That is a small part of the song.

Doug S.

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