A Musical Duo

Sometimes musicians can “sync up”, a magical interconnection which defies logical analysis. Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, Lester Young and Billie Holiday –there are many examples, and I’ve personally had it happen a few times.

Listen to pedal steel guitar player Speedy West and electric guitarist Jimmy Bryant play some blues-inflected country instrumentals back in the 1950s:

This music reminds me strongly of the big-band music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington back in the 1930s and 1940s; it swings, and as Duke Ellington once said, “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing”.

Larry

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