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From: "Bob Olhsson" <[log in to unmask]>
>>From Aaron Levinson: "... Sinatra said "you mean _besides_ Ella
> Ella Fitzgerald and Chick Webb ushered in the swing era changing popular
> music forever. Sinatra knew perfectly well he was standing on her
> along with every other successful pop and jazz singer that followed her.
> It's amazing how few people in the U.S. today realize how important or how
> famous they were.
Well...mebbe...but I'd still give a LOT of credit to Fletcher Henderson,
who was one of the first jazzmen to abandon the relentless "two-beat"
rhythm of early jazz (and "dixieland"...!) for the four-beat rhythm that
marked early "swing" experiments. Note that one can also listen to
Glen Gray (i.e. "Casa Loma Stomp" c. 1930-31)...!
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