Wednesday, July 28, 2021
I've been thinking about rock instrumentals for a while now. This list has some that are undeniable, and more that I've never heard of. Christgau's response is, I think, too jazz centered, which is cheating. Is any Miles Davis really rock and roll? I don't want to get too hung up on genre definitions- it's all music derived from primarily Black sources, after all. If we ignore boundaries, and just consider it all as the American Music Trinity I might start with Little Walter's "Juke, but where does that end? I don't know where to put "Green Onions", or "Soulful Strut". The Allman Brothers' Band's "Jessica" goes on my list. Is Jeff Beck's cover of "Goodby Pork Pie Hat" rock? Moreso than "Jack Johnson, I'd say.