Book Excerpt: The Jazz Book: From Ragtime to Fusion and Beyond

Book: The Jazz Book: From Ragtime to Fusion and Beyond
Author: Joachim E. Berendt
Copyright: 1992 (Sixth edition)
Publisher: Lawrence Hill Books - Brooklyn, New York
ISBN: 1-55652-098-0

Page 304
The supreme representative of the rhythmic chord style of playing is Freddie Green, the most faithful of all Count Basie band members, from 1937 until the Count's death in 1984. (Green himself died three years later.) Indeed, what is meant by the concept "Basie" is in no small degree to Freddie Green's credit: the tremendous unity of the Basie rhythm sections. Nowhere else in jazz did rhythm become "sound" to the degree it did with Basie, and this sound, basically, is the sound of Freddie Green's guitar. He hardly ever plays solos or is featured, yet he is one of the most dependable guitarists in jazz history. Green is the only guitarist who surmounted the breach created by Charlie Christian as if there had been no breach at all.

Page 306
In Basie's 1937 recording of "Time Out", the contrast between Freddie Green's rhythm acoustic guitar and Eddie Durham's solo electric guitar is charming.

Page 405
In the 1970's, Freddie Green was still lending the Basie band his unmistakable guitar sounds; and with Butch Miles, Basie had again found an outstanding Swing drummer.

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