Jimmy Blanton was the first to bring the bass up front from the 4/4 quarter note background of big bands. His style was a major contributor to the new sound of the Ellington band along with saxophonist Ben Webster. Ellington would later record a tribute album with Ray Brown (1973) called This One’s For Blanton.
Jimmy Blanton Duke Ellington – Pitter Panther Patter (3:12)
Leroy “Slam” Stewart is overshadowed by his peers Blanton, LaFaro, Pettiford, primarily for the complexity of his classically trained style. He played solos in the arco style while scatting an octave higher.