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Slapping the double bass

Milt Hinton once said the bassist is 'the Atlas of the jazz band' because he (or she) carries the rest of the band on their shoulders'. Some of the greats include musicians like Jimmy Blanton a member of the Duke Ellington band); Oscar Pettiford who is considered by bassists and musicologists to be the first bebop bassist and the transitional link from the swing era to bebop. Ray Brown known for backing a number of beboppers, including alto virtuoso Charlie Parker; Milt Hinton and George Duvivier who are the two most recorded bassists in jazz history, their respective careers spanning many eras and genres; a singular creative force was Wilbur Ware legendary bassist with Monk and others, hard bop bassist Ron Carter and my favourite Paul Chambers, a member of the Miles Davis Quintet.

However, the one I want to add into the HOF is Leroy Slam Stewart 2Elliott 'Slam' Stewart who is often forgotten, but his tone, intonation, and agility of playing his solos with a bow while humming along simultaneously at an octave higher, made him a very popular showman.


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