The Blue Devils, formed by bassist Walter Page (1900) in Oklahoma City in 1925
and that only recorded
Blue Devils Blues (november 1929), vocalist Jimmy Rushing's debut recording,
and Basie's instrumental Squabblin' (november 1929),
were notable for a rhythm section made of piano, guitar, bass and drums,
the epitome of the classic jazz rhythm section, and for
alto saxophonist Buster Smith.
Page was one of the first bassists to play four beats to the bar (as opposed to New Orleans' two beats to the bar) and coined a "walking" style on four strings that became a standard on five-string basses.