Listen To The Bass Player: Part 5, Red Mitchell

In the first paragraph of Part 3 of this series, it was not by random choice that I included Red Mitchell's name in the short list of important bassists who emerged in the 1940s. He discovered ways of playing the instrument that made a difference in the bass's role in jazz. Bill Crow, the hero of part 3, has kindly agreed to expand on some of the reasons for Mitchell's importance. In between the Blanton (and Pettiford) soloing styles that were so influential in the 1940s and 50s and the new age … [Read more...]