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Count Basie - The Elder (Freddie Green Chord Solo)

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Published on Aug 15, 2009

Off the album Back with Basie.

One of the few times Freddie Green takes a solo. He doesn't use single note lines but instead adds little chordal fills in between the band. His solo begins at 4:30.

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Phan2112
I'm in college right now as a jazz guitarist. I can tell you that in big band, Freddie Green is basically a religion for guitar players.
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Jeff Johansen
He was great but too much down strumming. I know the big band leaders of his era insisted upon that style of strumming but frankly it's a little boring. Now his solos are another story. Choice.
clarkewi
You're listening to the masters.
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Steve Tapia
The Metronomic Man, more accurate than an atomic clock...
LeslyeJoyAllen - JazzMaestra
Amen!
MARKMANIATT
Don't forget the man who gave Freddie Green lessons in the 1930's and was more than equal to him,the very great Allan Reuss. According to fellow rhythm guitarist Steve Jordan,"the greatest rhythm guitarist bar no one".Check the great man out here on You Tube.A genius by any measure!!
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Austin Casey
+Alec Cullen Check out Allen Reuss' solo on Benny Carter Quintet's recording of Bye Bye Blues. Amazing!
MrJimmienoone
+Alec Cullen Reuss played with Benny Goodman, among others. He was not an exclusive rhythm guitarist but often played solo. He is one of the fathers of a mixed chord/single note solo style. And he is one of my absolute favorites.
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Peter Caffrey
Ok. I am a jazz guitar student, and I have been studying standards and comping.  If you are studying comping, you need to spend some time with Freddie Green (I have been using Jim Ferguson's books).  Freddie started playing with Count Basie in the late 30's...modern recordings techniques did not come around until the 50's.  In the late 30's, Count Basie's band had fewer horns, and Freddie was more audible.  The guitar was, in fact, only a recent replacement of the tenor banjo, a staple of Dixieland music, or early Jazz.  My point here is that on Count Basie recordings such as this one, Freddie Green is COMPLETELY INAUDIBLE.  The fact that he takes a rare solo in this recording is nothing more than "the exception that proves the rule", and I think anyone will agree that this solo is discombobulated and almost a reflection of a befuddled Freddie Green being awoken from slumber (that, I admit, is a little too harsh). Another thing is that I "finger" Freddie's figures, while he used a pick.  I always thought that the pick sounded clunky on those voicings and now I know for sure! Anyway, my point is that if you like Freddie Green (which I do) and you listen to Count Basie's Orchestra (which I do), good luck finding 5 seconds of audible Freddie Green.  I play him on paper through teachers, but like a deadbeat dad whose picture is impossible to find in family pictures, Freddie is simply never there in Count Basie's recordings. I know that he WAS there: I am just addressing a true state-of-affairs. God bless him though!  His recordings that live on through teachers such as Jim Ferguson and Charlton Johnson have taught me what-there-is-to-know about comping figures.
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Blind Jack Cotton
I can't hear him either.
vecernicek2
+Peter Caffrey I have no problem hearing FG on Count Basie recordings. But I have good headphones. If you are listening to this on your smartphone or built in laptop speakers, you may have trouble hearing it.
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Austin Casey
Freddie Green was a Rhythm Guitarist. To expect his solo to be some smooth and hip bebop filled thing is just foolish. He was an earthy guy with an earthy role and that character comes through in his Guitar playing. A lot of the great rhythm players from his generation played like he does here. It can be great to sound smooth and clean, but sometimes just sounding a little edgy gives more character. Lets not forget how high his action was too! Lol I bet most of us would struggle just to press a string down to the fret of his guitars! Hahaha
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CrTKi
*high action is not needed for rhythm guitar
CrTKi
No, it's not ^^
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Stan Gosnell
Freddie was a rhythm guitarist because that's all the rest of the band would let him do. He bought an amp and wanted to play single line stuff, but the other band members would unplug the amp and otherwise sabotage it.. He finally gave up trying to solo and embraced rhythm. His drive and timing are what made the Basie band swing, and without him playing rhythm it would not have been the same band.
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Juan Luis Pavez
Stan Gosnell thanks for the link i have to study a lot
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Edwin Anderson
That's my music
Paul Fogel
No matter how great there are always thumbs down. I do not get it.
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Harp Warrior
Elio Lopez non
Lauren Petrucelli
haha
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We Got Chicken In The Barn
I bet the Count Basie band was expecting some rare ass scale work from Freddie and they got the goods instead.
Miriam Mars
Extremely Beautiful!!!
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