Personalities | Walter Page | Thirties | Jazz & Blues

(Tuba, bass, 1900–57)

By the end of the 1930s Walter Page had brought the usually subordinate roll of the bass to a position of critical importance without substantially expanding its time-keeping function. As a component of the unique Count Basie ‘all-American’ rhythm section from 1936–42, he produced a large, round but never percussive attack, whose ringing tone would remain a Basie hallmark. He also presaged an expanded melodic roll for the bass in ‘Pagin’ The Devil’, made in 1938 with a Basie contingent a year before the arrival of virtuoso bassist Jimmy Blanton.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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