As rhythm section players, we guitarists generally spend most of our time accompanying other players. Strange, then, that the majority of "jazz guitar" books, videos, etc. deal heavily with how to solo yet say little or nothing about how to back a soloist!
When it comes to bebop-style comping, there might be a good reason for that. The bop era was a sort of dark period for guitar; the instrument was largely overlooked by bop combos in favor of piano. There are comparatively few recorded examples of guitarists comping on bop-period records. Studying the work of bop-era pianists can be very helpful to a guitarist who's learning to comp in this style.
As an example, I have adapted a chorus of Duke Jordan's comping behind the melody of Scrapple From The Apple, recorded by Charlie Parker in 1947 (released in 1948). This is not a literal transcription! The rhythms are Jordan's; the voicings are similar to his but have been modified to be more playable on guitar.
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