城市布鲁斯 Urban Blues

城市蓝调的歌词充分反映了都市生活。“城市蓝调”一词最初是为了与乡村蓝调区别,到四十年代逐渐形成自己的风格。城市蓝调包含了 Louis Jordan 的跳跃蓝调到爵士的最新花样,包括了 Percy Mayfield 和 Ray Charles 的带有城市化的感觉的低吟。

The descriptive phrase Urban Blues was first used in the early part of the 20th century to differentiate between the more uptown sentiments pervasive to the style and the cruder, more rural stylings of country-blues artists. This term was later used in the 1940s to describe a type of sophisticated blues written about the vagaries of city life, its lyrics alternately dealing with romantic strife and the innumerable good times to be easily obtained in an urban area. Always city-derived, the music is earmarked by a pronounced uptown emphasis, embracing everything from jump blues to jazz-influenced stylings to smooth, supper-club-style vocals.

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