May 6, 2017 at 4:20 pm #67526
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Bill’s playing is a lot like Charlie’s high hat playing.  It was essential and integral but not done in a flashy way.  Charlie lifts the high hat when he hits the snare.  In other words, the high hat leaves room for the snare.  Bill’s playing was all over the place but never bothering anyone.  He also locked into such a groove that when things hit right is drew such greater emphasis to the song and players at just the right point.  If he did play something ‘straight’, it was done intentionally.  Otherwise, he was all SWING.  Choice example below…

 

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