From the Studio #16

Loveless Love

This is also named Careless Love and was composed by W.C. Handy. It’s one of those tunes that is always good to play, simple and basic, and inspiring to the soloist.

Many have recorded it. My favorite is Bessie Smith’s version with the young Louis Armstrong. In the revival period, George Lewis often played it, and I think that his best version is one that unfortunately is interrupted because the tape ran out, I suppose.

It’s good to do it like him and start with a blues in C and then play the chorus in F.

This is a jam (with myself), and I normally do it quickly with everything in one take, so the result depends on my current shape.