Monday, October 10, 2016

The Heart of Rock and Soul # 825 Fats Domino

'It wasn't until the sixties that rock and roll really became guitar-dominated music. In the fifties, it revolved around piano, drums and most of all saxophone as I'm Walkin' more than amply shows. Its furious, snare-centered shuffle beat, played in counterpoint to something that might be cymbals, might be handclaps, provides a link to classic New Orleans jazz. The centre of the song becomes not the straight-ahead rapid-fire jollity of Fat's vocal, but the pair of  honking sax-breaks, which elevates proceedings from the ordinary with grit and funk.'

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