Rhythm Is My Beat

Rhythm Is My Beat

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In Rhythm Is My Beat: Jazz Guitar Great Freddie Green and the Count Basie Sound, Alfred Green tells the story of his father, rhythm guitarist Freddie Green, whose guitar work served as the pulse of the Count Basie Band. A quiet but key figure in big band jazz, Freddie Green took a distinct pride in his role as Basiea€™s rhythm guitarist, redefining the outer limits of acoustic rhythm guitar and morphing it into an art form. So distinct was Greena€™s style that it would eventually give birth to notations on guitar charts that read: a€œPlay in the style of Freddie Green.a€ This American jazz icon, much like his inimitable sound, achieved stardom as a sideman, both in and out of Basiea€™s band. Greena€™s signature sound provided lift to soloists like Lester Young and vocalist Lila€™ Jimmy Rushing, a reflection of Greena€™s sophisticated technique, that produced, in Greena€™s words, his a€œrhythm wave.a€ Billie Holiday, Ruby Braff, Benny Goodman, Gerry Mulligan, Teddy Wilson, Ray Charles, Judy Carmichael, Joe Williams and other recording artists all benefited from the relentless fours of the man who came to be known as Mr. Rhythm. The mystique surrounding Freddie Greena€™s technique is illuminated through generous commentary by insightful interviews with other musicians, guitar professionals and scholars, all of whom offer their ideas on Freddie Greena€™s sound. Alfred Green throughout demystifies the man behind the legend. This work will interest jazz fans, students, and scholars; guitar enthusiasts and professionals; music historians and anyone interested not only in the history of jazz but of the African American experience in jazz.We could barely contain ourselves as they performed their song and indigenous off-tempo dance steps that propelled us out of our seats. ... The close-up camera work of Greena#39;s left hand forming standard three- and four-chord shapes may offer visual credence to the one- ... upon in the appendix section, a€œThe Quest of Freddie Green: From Ukulele to a#39;Mr. Rhythm, a#39;a€ by Michael Pettersen and contributors.

Title:Rhythm Is My Beat
Author:Alfred Green
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield - 2015-08-06


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