Barefield, Edward Emanuel
b. December 12, 1909
composer, arranger, reed player
Born in Skandia, Iowa, Barefield was a veteran of the territorial band circuit when he joined the Bennie Moten Band in 1932. Moten made Barefield the leader of the band's reed section, where he was featured on clarinet and flute, as well as alto and tenor saxes. He was the architect of the riff-based swing that distinguished the last great edition of the Moten band.
Barefield contributed considerably to Moten's final recording session
in Camden, New York, on December 13, 1932. Barefield's arrangement of
his own composition "Toby"
proved to be one of the highlights of the session. Taken at double time,
"Toby" foreshadows the development of bebop.
- Dance, Stanley
- The World of Count Basie. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1980.
- "Barefield, Edward Emanuel."
- The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. London: Macmillam Press, 1988.
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