Wednesday, June 10, 2009

It Bears Repeating

About a year or so ago, I mentioned this website in passing. But I will mention it again as it's neat for two reasons. First of all, it is one of the most thorough and tidy websites you are likely to come across, a good lesson in how such things should be done, says I. Secondly, and more importantly, it is about a musician worth mentioning, the rhythm guitarist Freddie Green, who was a key member of the Count Basie Orchestra for many years. Even if you are, like me, uneducated on the finer points of jazz, you can picture just how much attention a rhythm guitarist must get when a full band is in full swing--not a lot. And yet, if you read the quote section at the website above, he was indispensable where the other musicians were concerned, holding the rhythm section together. Anyway, here is a clip from this video, featuring the rhythm section only, so you can actually hear him a bit:


Michael Pettersen said...

Thank you, Molly, for the kind words about the Freddie Green website, which I co-founded and operate with Carl Severence. We wanted the website to be a tribute to Mr. Rhythm and to reflect Freddie's ability to eliminate the unnecessary and concentrate on the essential. Michael Pettersen

Molly said...

Well, thank you, sir! It is grand to be able to thank you personally for the work you and Mr. Severence have done in making such an accessible and informative site. I wish you continued success with it.