Sure, i might have overstated the change since the drummer was still part of the rhythm section. But even your posts notes that the role of the drummer had changed. I can remember the guys from Salsano' band and Peter Davis talking about the critical role of the bass and rhythm guitar (if there is one) in keeping a band swinging. And i think George Reed made the comment that the drummer's main job is to mark whenever the elephant dumps.falty411 wrote:I have to completely disagree with this statement. The drums did not get replaced as a time keeper. How the drums were used is what changed. When basie reached popularity, bands were already using Bass and Guitar in conjunction with Drums and Piano to form a rhythm section. Tubas and Banjos were a thing of the past. The innovation you might be speaking of was the very smooth bass lines of Walter Page, Freddie Greens style of rhythm guitar making it more of a percussive instrument and the fact the Jo Jones took the time keeping from the bass drum to the hihat. But the drums were still part of the time keeping.CafeSavoy wrote:I thought that was the point of the innovation of the Basie Rhythm Section, to replace the use of drums as time keeper with the bass and rhythm guitar.
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Just thought I'd pop in and post this article I stumbled upon by a musician based in DC. I thought it was apporpriate since it restates and/or elaborates on some of the technical issues brought up on this thread.