It's not difficult to think of great blues artiststhere's a roll call of honor as long as that of great jazz artistsand every sizeable town in the world has a blues band or two. So where is the violin? Great blues guitarist sand vocalists have never been in short supply, but the great blues violinist, once such an important part of the blues group, has all but disappeared.
Christian Howesa classically trained violinist who has turned his hand to all kinds of music from orchestral to Latin, and jazz to fusionis doing his bit to revive the violin as an authentic voice of the blues. His just released second album for Resonance Records, Out of the Blue, is an exploration of the intangible essence of the blues and a passionate calling card from one of the most talented violinists of any genre of music.
All About Jazz's Far East correspondent, Ian Patterson, spoke with the articulate and insightful Howes recently, about the genesis of Out of the Blue and the knee-jerk biases that are so often applied to an instrument with near-human vocal-like qualities. Read about all this and more in Ian's insightful interview, Christian Howes: Blues for the Blues Violin, published today at All About Jazz
But there's more. You can also read Ian's perceptive CD review of Out of the Blue, also published today at All About Jazz.
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