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Bass, Buddies & Blues
     

Bass, Buddies & Blues

by Keter Betts
 
It took over 50 years as a professional jazz bassist for Keter Betts to record an album of his own. Having played with the likes of Dinah Washington, Charlie Byrd, and Ella Fitzgerald, he of course has the chops, and on Bass, Buddies & Blues, Betts puts them to good

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It took over 50 years as a professional jazz bassist for Keter Betts to record an album of his own. Having played with the likes of Dinah Washington, Charlie Byrd, and Ella Fitzgerald, he of course has the chops, and on Bass, Buddies & Blues, Betts puts them to good use in a relaxed set that conjures the best post-bop jazz of the 1950s. Some tunes, like "Some Kinda Mean," reach even further back (in this case vintage 1930s swing). Betts' own "Calm Before the Storm" boasts a simple, yet effective head reminiscent of mid-'50s Miles Davis. His blues-inflected playing style gives extra breadth to the songs, and his intuitive use of bent, sliding notes shows that the years with Fitgerald have certainly left their mark on his technique. At certain points, one might guess Betts has studied Willie Dixon as much as he has Oscar Pettiford. While his unique sound developed as a musical foil for Fitzgerald, the same charismatic flavorings happen to make for very fine instrumental listening.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/1999
Label:
KETER BETTS
UPC:
0618426100824
catalogNumber:
1008

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  1. Joy's Blues  - Keter Betts
  2. Calm Before The Storm  - Keter Betts
  3. Love For Sale  - Keter Betts
  4. Grace  - Keter Betts
  5. Some Kinda Mean  - Keter Betts
  6. 908  - Keter Betts
  7. Quiet Nights  - Keter Betts
  8. One Step Up/One Step Down  - Keter Betts
  9. Pete's Blues  - Keter Betts
  10. Sophie  - Keter Betts
  11. Head Start  - Keter Betts

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