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My brain is compleatly frozen and I can't seem to remember any of the blues tunes that repeat the same theme (without modulation) for each of the three phrases of the 12 bar blues.
The tunes on the tip of my tongue are the Ellington and Lester Young one's.
I thought this would be a good listining lesson for a class.
 

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There are quite a few of them. Here are a few that come to mind:

C-Jam Blues (Basie?)
Sonnymoon for Two (Sonny Rollins)
Blues Backstage (Frank Foster)
Bags Groove (Milt Jackson)
Sack 'O Woe (Cannonball; this one has a bridge, though)

What you're really talking about here is a blues "riff," which is a repeating phrase, usually based on a blues scale or minor pentatonic. There are also repeating riffs that change very slightly to accommodate the chord changes, usually by flatting the third on the IV chord. "Buzzy" & "Cool Blues" by Charlie Parker would be good examples.
 

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Bob Mintzer - Boogie n Blues
Gene Ammons/Sonny Stitt - Blues Up and Down
 

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list so far

Thanks guys
This is very helpful. Any more ?

Sonnymoon for Two (Sonny Rollins)
Blues Backstage (Frank Foster)
Bags Groove (Milt Jackson)
Sack 'O Woe (Cannonball; this one has a bridge, though)
"Buzzy" & "Cool Blues" by Charlie Parker
Ellington,C Jam Blues
Jumpin' with Symphony Sid Lester Young
Blues In The Closet(well, almost repeats exactly)
Plymouth Rock -by Neal Hefti for Basie '50s.
Blues for Stevie-
Boogie n Blues--Bob Mintzer -
Blues Up and Down -Gene Ammons/Sonny Stitt -
 
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