January 2014

Detail from the 'Muddy Waters: At Newport 1960' Album Cover

Unraveling the Mysteries of Chicago and Texas Blues Shuffles, Part 1

Born from the boogie-woogie sounds of jazz piano in the very early 20th century, the swinging shuffle groove is built from an insistent and repetitive forward-leaning rhythm that is generally written in 12/8 meter—wherein four consecutive beats are each subdivided into three evenly spaced eighth notes—and comprises a repeating quarter-note/eighth-note rhythm that sounds like “da—da, da—da, da—da, da—da.”