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surveyor
7 posts
Aug 13, 2010
9:05 AM
I continue to hear the classic theme. Evan's Shuffle by Little_Walter



Waiting for your comments. :)
DesertDog
28 posts
Aug 13, 2010
10:07 AM
I like it! What did you use for the backing track?
surveyor
9 posts
Aug 13, 2010
10:26 AM
My friend wrote a guitar riff, made a ring, added drums. Then I made this backing track.
LIP RIPPER
263 posts
Aug 13, 2010
11:00 AM
I thought I had heard most all of LW's stuff. This is a new one on me, interesting.
kudzurunner
1743 posts
Aug 13, 2010
11:50 AM
It's worth remembering that "Evans Shuffle" was a remake of Joe Liggins' "Honeydripper," one of the most popular R&B hits of all time. It's just Liggins's song adapted to the harp.



Here's more on Liggins:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Liggins
kudzurunner
1744 posts
Aug 13, 2010
12:00 PM
Little Walter started "Evans Shuffle" with a riff that comes 45 seconds into "The Honeydripper." From :45 to 1:23 in Liggins's recording, "Evans Shuffle" is a 100% ripoff of "The Honeydripper." (I just listened to Liggins's cut to make sure.) The only difference is that the sax on Liggins's cut raises the opening riff by a half step the second time it occurs in the four-repetition sequence: a truly hip move that Walter couldn't copy because he didn't overblow.

The lesson in all this isn't that LW was a fake and cheat. It's a) that he had a sharp-eared sense of what was going on in the larger musical culture of his time and he knew what the public would like; b) that genius sometimes proceeds by creatively adapting rather than generating from scratch; and c) that recording artists who borrow heavily from other recording artists sometimes change the title on a song so they can call what they're doing an original, even through it's essentially an adaptation of somebody else's work.

Last Edited by on Aug 13, 2010 12:01 PM
nacoran
2486 posts
Aug 13, 2010
12:54 PM
The first laptop that comes standard with a detachable wireless camera that can cure the laptop cam shot will rule the world. I like the playing though!

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FBInsMan
2 posts
Sep 23, 2014
12:52 PM
I'm for one not going to say Little Walter is a Cheat or rip off artist but I do have some questions about the original riff from "Juke" It is directly pulled From Snooky Pryor's 1948 recording Snooky & Moody's boogie. (my mind was blow away when I learned this earlier in the week listening to "just Wailing") Seems Like what you said Kudzurunner is that LW had an ear for what he liked and would copy bits and pieces of other music and use it as his own. No different than other artists and their influences.


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