One O'clock Jump: A Comparison of Three Recordings
by Mark Allen
One O'clock Jump is a 12-bar blues that is the anthem of the Count Basie band. By the late 1950's Freddie Green had played One O'clock Jump thousands of times. It seems reasonable that Freddie Green would play this tune in a variety of ways in order to reduce the tedium of countless performances. These transcriptions document the opening 24 measures of three One O'clock Jump recordings. Two were recorded in succession on June 27, 1956; the third EP (Extended Play) version was recorded in April 1957.
The primary purpose of these transcriptions is to illustrate several examples of the most common note choices that Freddie Green used while playing the blues. These three recordings are not identical. Each illustrates slightly different Freddie Green's voicing choices for blues accompaniment. He typically plays simpler in the first 12 bars, then uses more melodic motion and passing tones in the second 12 bars.
These recordings also demonstrate principles of the Dynamic
Chord- Muted Notes approach, which I have outlined in articles on
this site. Specifically, Freddie makes different choices about the addition
of 3rd string notes depending on the recording take. Also, he occasionally
plays fully muted chords, which I have dubbed 0-note chords in
my articles, on weak beats.
Song Title: One O'clock Jump
Transcribed by Mark Allen. December, 2002