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How important is a piano player in a Jazz combo?
The type of jazz combo I play is old school, anything before the electric phase, to be vague.
I finally had a jam session with different people in my band this time.
We didn't have a bass player and piano player with us at the time.
So I got a tuba player practicing nearby to substitute our bass player.
The Drumset player and Tuba did a good job being the rhythm section.
The thing is, the rest of the guys had a hard time keeping track of where they were.
Same thing with me, as I'm not use to hearing a tuba player playing a walking bass,
the drumset player was using brushes (also not what I'm used to for a medium swing).
I don't know, but I thought piano chords would help me a lot while soloing.
Does anyone else think about the piano like that?
 

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Playing without a chordal instrument (piano or guitar) means the bass player has to do a great job of "outlining" the chords. If you have a great bass player (or tuba), it can work out just fine. But for less experienced improvisors, having a chordal instrument can certainly help you hear the chords.
 
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