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Track 15 is perhaps the best of the lot. A reviewer on Amazon refers to its â€˜walking bassâ€™. To my ears it sounds more like a prowling bass, with hints of menace in the tone of the (Iâ€™m guessing here) bass lute thing. I found myself thinking of blues and r&b bass lines (â€˜1586 to 1639, the early rockâ€™nâ€™roll yearsâ€™?).
Charlie wrote: But I wonder who wrote about jazz in the 1920s and early '30s . The Melody Maker was being published back then, and John Hammond was its New York correspondent for a while.
I've looked this up. It's contained in the chapter The Jazz Language (page 51) and is lacking what might be a crucial word. It should read "playing two or four BASS notes". This is as in the 1939 first edition as published by J. M Dent. Apologies for the pedantry...Charlie wrote: 1939 W. Hobson 'American Jazz Music' . String bass, more often plucked or slapped than bowed, usually playing two or four notes per bar on a â€˜walkingâ€™ (melodic) bass.
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