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Thanks to fellow bassist Milt Hinton's prodding, Oscar Pettiford moved to New York and became one of bebop's most innovative musicians.
Courtesy of Bethlehem Archives
February 23, 2009 Notes from an unamplified double bass rank among the most beautiful man-made sounds; in jazz, the creator of those notes is always in the middle of the action, charting the harmonic direction of a band and plotting the rhythmic narrative as both an accompanist and a soloist. It's no small task, but here are five musicians who performed the duty with aplomb.
Oscar Pettiford, ca. Nov. 1946.
William P. Gottlieb/Library of Congress via flickr.com
January 30, 2008 Oscar Pettiford, a virtuoso bassist and composer who doubled on cello, first emerged as a virtuoso performer during the bebop moment. He would remain one of the most highly sought-after jazz musicians throughout his too-short career.
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