Blues versions are popular; the lyrics change from version to version, but usually speak of the heartbreak brought on by "careless love." Frequently, the narrator threatens to kill his or her wayward lover.
"Careless Love" was one of the best known pieces in the repertory of the Buddy Bolden band in New Orleans, Louisiana at the very start of the 20th century, and has remained a jazz standard and blues standard. Hundreds of recordings have been made in folk, blues, jazz, country, and pop styles; some of the more notable versions include those by Bessie Smith, Marilyn Lee, Ottilie Patterson, Pete Seeger, and George Lewis. Big Joe Turner recorded it several times over his long career. Fats Domino made a recording of it in 1951, and it has also been sung by Elvis Presley, Entrance, Louis Armstrong, Lonnie Johnson, Dave Van Ronk, Leadbelly, Janis Joplin, Siouxsie Sioux, Joan Baez, Ray Charles, Dr. John, Madeleine Peyroux, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, Frankie Laine, and Harry Connick Jr.
When is old jazz new? Young virtuosos, such as Marsalis, retrace the steps of jazz, paying homage to old masters. Lacy, a veteran who has played with the greats, forges ahead.
Jun 14, 1991; These are curious days in jazz. More often than not, the most probing, challenging performers and composers are veterans still...