The best way to explore the full potential of the blues is with three, four, or five musicians.
This collection for variable ensemble extends from early Afro-American forms to the use of blues in rock music, with special emphasis on Delta and Chicago blues. Many classic blues can be found here with words, melody, and accompaniment. Riffs and solos in the style of B. B. King, Sonny Terry Brownie McGee, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, and Eric Clapton are employed along with many others. The original arrangements of Dust My Broom (Robert Johnson and Elmore James), Going up the Country (Canned Heat), and Southbound (Doc and Merle Watson) are included along with twelve additional titles.
Usually the arrangements involve two guitars, bass, and melody instrument or vocal, but blues harp and saxophone can also be used, or even violin and flute. Simple percussion patterns round off the ensemble.
- Blues for small “unplugged” band
- Playable in many instrumental combinations
- Original arrangements: Dust my Broom, Going up the Country, Southbound
- Traditionals : John Hardy, Duncan and Brady, St. James Infirmary
- Solos for many instruments, incl. bass, violin, flute, saxophone and guitar
Berthold Kloss has been playing the blues for 30 years. He is a professional editor who also plays the guitar and conducts a choir.