Albert’s assertions separate jazz and blues into two different motifs and do not take account for their entire meaning/function in the story, when viewed together as a whole.
It helps us to visualize this comparison if we break down the story alongside a work like (which I will return to later).
Critics have made much about the use of music in Baldwin’s writing the use of music in “Sonny’s Blues”.
“Now’s The Time” is composed on a twelve bar blues form chord progression, different from the thirty-two bar song form jazz form chord progression of popular jazz-age players.
Charlie Parker was a new breed of musician, taking from the old standards and improvising upon them, giving jazz a new voice.