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Morning Song – Backward Country Boy Blues

March 4, 2017

An outtake from the legendary one-time only session of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach that produced their stunning and influential Money Jungle album, “Backward Country Boy Blues” probably gets its name from its inversion of the typical I-IV-V blues chord progression (to I-V-IV).

Or at least that’s what drummer and bandleader extraordinaire Terri Lyne Carrington says…and she should know. 50 years after the original album was released, Carrington went into the studio with bassist Christian McBride and pianist Gerald Clayton (along with friends like vocalist Lizz Wright, guitarist Nir Felder, and a few others on this track) and came out with her own homage, Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue.

Carrington’s cover* of “Backward Country Boy Blues” is alternately funky, spacey, acrobatic, silky smooth and, yes, bluesy.

Enjoy.

*#FirstRuleOfCoverSongs

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