The Blues Walk

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by jaggedsphere, Jun 4, 2003.

  1. jaggedsphere


    Jul 15, 2002
    anyone familiar with this song? I am having trouble figuring out the progression. any help appreciated.:confused:
  2. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    here's a guess:

  3. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    I can't help you with the progression, but I was just wondering if you are referring to the Dexter Gordon song "Blues Walk" or is it some other song?
  4. jaggedsphere


    Jul 15, 2002
    yup its the Gordon Dexter song. Any one know who originally wrote that tune? there are so many artists who have done it.
    It sounds to me that it is not just a simple I-IV-V. but i dunno........:confused:
  5. JazZ-A-LoT


    Jan 5, 2003
    As a matter of fact i played it last night, it's just basic 12 bar blues and the chords are


    Turnaround -G7- -C7-

    Great song enjoy.
  6. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member lists the composer as Lou Donaldson.
  7. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    I was pretty sure that tune belonged to the great jazz trumpet player Clifford Brown .
  8. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    I delved deeper into the archives of All Music Guide. They say that Lou Donaldson's songs appeared on several albums including the Clifford Brown Blue Note album "Clifford Brown Memorial Album."

    I am not an expert on either atist, but I do take the comments at to mean Donaldson wrote "Blues Walk", a song which Brown later played.

    By the way, I went to to listen to soundbites from Donaldson's album titled "Blues Walk" and discovered I really like his alto sax work. That is the beauty of One can learn a lot from other members. I may buy that album. It is the mellow kind of jazz I prefer. Maybe I'll go check Clifford Brown too.

    One other thing, I had heard "Blues Walk" many, many times, but never knew the name and certainly not the artist.
  9. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    OK, I researched further because ArmyBass seems so certain that Clifford Brown wrote "Blues Walk." I have now found out there are two songs, both well known. One is Lou Donaldson's "Blues Walk.' The other is --yes, Army Bass--Clifford Brown's "The Blues Walk."

    Jagged Sphere's original question refers to "The Blues Walk." Therefore Army Bass is correct. Clifford Brown did compose that song.

    I went to to listen to soundbites of Brown's "The Blues Walk", but as luck would have it, the song isn't sampled. On the happy side, several of his other songs are sampled and the trumpeter was wonderful. I really liked his work. What a tragedy he died so young at 25 in an automobile accident along with his pianist! The world lost a great talent.
  10. jaggedsphere


    Jul 15, 2002
    Yes, the song I am refering to is the blues swing tune. Is it indeed a basic 1-4-5? If so, what is the bass doing with it? I HAVE to know!
  11. JazZ-A-LoT


    Jan 5, 2003
    I gave you chords and the rest is pretty easy to just figure out by ear.