Who’s Really In Charge Of The Tempo – 2022

Christian McBride & Gregory Hutchinson

A fun seminar by the bassist and drummer

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Bassist Christian McBride and drummer Gregory Hutchinson have not only played on a countless number of sessions in their careers, but they have fully studied the history of jazz and are talented educators.

On this fascinating and good-humored seminar, the two masterful musicians discuss whether the bassist or drummer is in charge of keeping the tempo steady.

Their verbal interplay, sometimes reinforced by musical examples, lead to the conclusion that both the bassist and the drummer share the responsibility for time-keeping and swinging the band.

Open Studio is to be congratulated for not only letting these musicians stretch out verbally but for its high quality production values.

-Scott Yanow


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