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Rhythm in Transition

As swing soloists developed their virtuoso techniques, the rhythm section had to make even more radical changes in order to keep up. This chapter looks at the brilliantly accomplished innovators on piano (Fats Waller and Art Tatum), guitar (Charlie Christian), bass (Walter Page, Milt Hinton, Jimmy Blanton), and drums (Chick Webb, Gene Krupa, Jo Jones, Sid Catlett), all of whom changed the very nature and function of the rhythm section.

  • Fats Waller, Christopher Columbus
  • Art Tatum, Over the Rainbow
  • Charlie Christian, Swing to Bop (Topsy)

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