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And That's That

Freddie Green

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March 31, 1911 - March 1, 1987


"And That's That" composed by drummer Dennis Mackrel; the current director of the Count Basie Orchestra is performed here featuring guitarist Freddie Green.

Following the death of his parents Freddie Green left his home town in Charleston, South Carolina in the late 1920s moving to New York to stay with his aunt and continue school.

Still a teenager at the time he played guitar at various clubs in the city to earn money where he would be discovered by talent scout John H. Hammond.

Realizing his enormous potential Hammond introduced the young artist to Count Basie.

Basie took Green under serious consideration and attended one and his gigs in 1937 to offer him a job with his orchestra.

For the next fifty years Freddie Green remained an essential part of the Orchestra as a solid rhythm guitarist who rarely played solos.

Remembered for his dampened palm muted sound Freddie was the master of consistently maintaining a careful level of control; playing on every beat in sync with the drums as to not interfere with or overpower his band mates.

"You should never hear the guitar by itself. It should be part of the drums so it sounds like the drummer is playing chords—like the snare is in A or the hi-hat in D minor."
—Freddie Green

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