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Other Instrumentalists

Thomas Owens

in Bebop

Published in print October 1996 | ISBN: 9780195106510
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853182 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195106510.003.0009
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While the main features of the bebop language appear in their music, there are great musicians who play other instruments. They have made vital contributions to the music, both through their notes and through the varied instrumental timbres with which they enliven some of bebop's finest ensembles. Baritone saxophone soloists in the swing era Harry Carney in the Ellington band and Jack Washington in the Basie band were the best known; in early bebop the main players were Serge Chaloff, Leo Parker, Cecil Payne, and Gerry Mulligan. In selecting role models the beboppers largely ignored the early baritone players, and turned instead to Lester Young, and especially to Charlie Parker. The most famous bebop baritone saxophonist is Gerry Mulligan. In early jazz styles, the clarinet was an essential instrument, but during the 1940s and 1950s, beboppers seemed to reject it.

Keywords: bebop; instruments; baritone saxophone; Harry Carney; Jack Washington; Serge Chaloff; Leo Parker; Cecil Payne; Gerry Mulligan; jazz

Chapter.  4418 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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