Book Excerpt: The Early Swing Years 1930 - 1941
Author: Dave Oliphant
Publisher: Greenwood Press, Westport Connecticut
The November 3, 1937 air check recording of "One O'Clock Jump" features
a walking bass solo by Walter Page accompanied by Freddie Green on guitar.
Green played on a July 7, 1937 recording of "One O'Clock Jump" but
is not heard so prominently as he is on the air check. Green would become
an indispensible addition to the Basie rhythm section and would help
make it probably the most admired in the history of big band jazz.
Regarding a January 12, 1938 recording session with Billie Holiday and
Teddy Wilson: A special treat is in store for listeners when the rarely
featured, normally only rhythm guitarist Freddie Green opens "On
The Sentimental Side" and then continues to be spotlighted until
Benny Morton takes a muted trombone break with Teddy Wilson's rippling
runs in response. Green's ringing acoustic guitar passages are some of
the richest in recorded jazz.
Jo Jones relied on his high hat cymbal for time keeping and thus achieved
a lighter sound that allowed for Freddie Green's guitar and Walter
Page's bass to carry through more clearly and to create a richly
movingly driving swing.