In a previous thread I wrote a bit about a jazz cruise I went on last week featuring guitarist Howard Alden, perhaps best known around here for his work in Woody Allen's "Sweet and Lowdown", though he does not generally play in the GJ style.
I took a lesson from Howard and am learning a bit about his chordal style, which mainly involves two note chords on strings 3 and 4.
I like the way this minimalistic approach allows for cool countermelodies (well at least when Howard uses it) but then on the other hand, it's not very rhythmic and has a kind of empty feeling.
I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that such is my ignorance that I did not realize until today! thanks to Mr. Google, that this style, which I first encountered through Howard Alden and thought he had invented, has a pedigree that goes all the way back to Freddie Greens playing with the Count Basie Orchestra in the thirties, and is used by most modern jazz players to this day.
So my stupid question is addressed to all those mainstream players lurking out there who are experienced in this "comping" style...what, if any, relevance does it have to acoustic guitar and GJ? is it something worth studying or just a blind alley leading nowhere?
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