Art of the Blues-Bruce Arnold Trio by Bruce Arnold for Muse Eek Publishing Company

Art of the Blues

Bruce Arnold Art of Blues


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Bruce Arnold–Guitar

Dean Johnson–Bass

Tony Moreno–Drums

Bruce Arnold kicks it up a notch with “Art of the Blues"

Great musicians have been doing their own take on the blues since the form was created, and now Bruce Arnold joins their company with Art of the Blues. Arnold has exhibited astonishing versatility with his various projects, tackling pieces as disparate as Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” and Native American chants. He is best known however, for his explorations into the application of 12-tone theory in jazz improvisation. "Art of the Blues" being a great example of this blending of Jazz, Blues and Classical while his "Vanishing Point" CD shows Heavy Metal meets pitch class set theory interactions. On "Art of the Blues" Arnold applies a similar intellectual rigor to the 12 tracks that are by turns lyrical, spare, haunting and always intriguing.

As Bruce explains it: “In Art of the Blues I have applied the structural rhythmic and harmonic ideas that I have been working with over the past several years to the blues form. These structures deal with small three note groups and the superimposition of time fields over a basic pulse. I’ve used the unit of a half step and a minor 3rd as my motif, and composed twelve blues, one in each key. You’ll also hear some fun with time signatures and the use of a dotted quarter note as a vehicle for multiple time layering.”

Joining Bruce on this bracing set and negotiating the tricks and turns are stalwarts Tony Moreno on drums and Dean Johnson on upright bass. Mr. Moreno is featured on almost every tune; his stellar drum solos are filled with layered time improvisations and endless creativity. “It was a conscious decision on my part to feature Tony on all these tunes” says Bruce “ I wanted to showcase the many types of time manipulations that we have been exploring over the past few years.” Time juxtapositions abound, with a G Blues 30 bar in 3/4 in with 5 measure phrases, a D Blues 18 bar form in 5/4, an A Blues 15 bar form in 7/4, an E Blues 12 Bar form in 9/4, and a B Blues 24 Bar form in 4/4.

And although Bruce’s composition is forward thinking, his chordal accompaniment style throughout Art of the Blues conscientiously harkens back to the roots of Rhythm and Blues guitar. All these elements combine to create a collection of tunes that while sounding like a traditional jazz guitar CD also presents a personal new approach and direction for the blues.

Listen to excerpts:

  • Cat Feet
  • Castles
  • InDifferent
  • If 7 were 3
  • In and Out
  • Sassy
  • Hocket
  • Dark Matter
  • Maze
  • Inquistive
  • Down Home


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Muse-Eek Publishing Company is a publishing house with a broad focus on music education. Muse-Eek also publishes fine art and poetry books, and has its own record label, Muse-Eek Records. Our online presence, specializes in the publication of music workbooks, video courses and sound and video recordings that teach the foundation of good musicianship through groundbreaking and innovative methods along with traditional methods that have been taught for centuries. These historic methods date back through centuries of great musicians and educators. To see these interesting relationship please see Bruce Arnold's Music Education Genealogy Chart which tells you a lot about the where many of his educational ideas took root and some of the educational pillars that are evident throughout the books you find on this website. The Muse-Eek Records catalogue contains a diverse selection of music much of it by Bruce Arnold in collaboration with some of today's best players in classical, jazz, rock and avant-garde music. These are available in CD, DVD and mp3 formats. We believe in a working relationship with our music education customers; they are free to interact with the author after purchasing a book to help them through any material they don’t understand or which they need further clarification. We also have a member's area which contains a wealth of free information to help a student understand music at a deeper level and access additional files for our books. Many of our books offer cutting edge ideas regarding ear training, guitar technique, rhythm and time. These methods have a proven track record. Our main author Bruce Arnold has taught at some of the most prestigious music schools in the world, including Princeton, Dartmouth, Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, The New School and NYU. Along with Mr. Arnold's publications on the website he has also written books and appeared in educational DVDs for MelBay and Truefire. Over the years Mr Arnold has used his experiences with his students to develop a program that can elevate a musician's ability to world class caliber. If you have questions about any of our books or recordings please send us an email. Along with general questions about either our record label or our publishing company we also welcome questions to help a student choose the proper materials to reach their goals. We have over 300 products to help you learn any style of music and to develop your musicianship to its peak. We also make recommendations for practice schedules for students who use our methods to get the most out of their study time. This, along with personal interaction with Bruce through email, nurtures the student's ability through a closely monitored situation, ensuring there is no wasted time or misunderstanding.