Freddie Green

August 20, 2007

Nicolai Foss

I have never met a jazz guitarist or lover of jazz guitar who didn’t admire Freddie Green. Here is an excellent Freddie tribute site. Here is some info on Bucky Pizzarelli’s new tribute album, “5 for Freddie.”

A general problem for us Freddie admirers is actually hearing, rather than sensing, Freddie doing his thing. Some of the best and clearest examples of Freddie’s playing can be found on a DVD, namely the excellent Count Basie — Live in ’62, which I strongly recommend not just because Freddie can be heard, but because the performances are just fantastic (in particular, Thad Jones and Sonny Payne shine here).

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