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Drum Heroes

Geoffrey Smith revisits his days as a jazz drummer by paying tribute to some Drum Heroes, in a personal selection of his percussion favourites from Baby Dodds and Gene Krupa to Max Roach, Kenny Clarke and Elvin Jones.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Benny Goodman

    Avalon

    • BENNY GOODMAN LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL.
    • CBS.
    • 11.
  • Bunk Johnson

    Just A Closer Walk With Thee

    • Johnson in New York.
    • Dawn Club.
    • 2.
  • Lionel Hampton

    Haven't Named It Yet

    • The Original Guitar Genius.
    • Proper.
    • 4.
  • Count Basie & His Orchestra

    That Rhythm Man

    • FROM SPIRITUALS TO SWING.
    • VANGUARD.
    • 19.
  • Wardell Gray

    Southside

    • The Wardell Gray Story.
    • Proper.
    • 10.
  • Oscar Peterson

    My Heart Stood Still

    • The Soul of Oscar Peterson.
    • Verve.
    • 1.
  • The Clifford Brown–Max Roach Quintet

    If I Love Again

    • Four Classic Albums: Clifford Brown.
    • Avid.
    • 9.
  • Steve Lacy

    San Francisco Holiday

    • Four Classic Albums.
    • Avid Jazz.
    • 10.
  • Bill Evans

    Minority

    • Everybody Digs Bill Evans.
    • Riverside.
    • 1.
  • Yusef Lateef

    Koko's Tune

    • Yusef Lateef into Something.
    • New Jazz.
    • 2.
  • Miles Davis

    Blue 'n' Boogie

    • Walkin'.
    • 52nd Street Records.
    • 2.

Playlist

Benny Goodman
Avalon
Vincent Rose, Al Jolson and B.G. Desylva
Columbia/Legacy  C2K 65143
4.06
Benny Goodman Quartet: Benny Goodman, cl; Teddy Wilson, p; Gene Krupa, d

Bunk Johnson
A Closer Walk with Thee
Trad.
Document Records DOCD-1001
2.46
Bunk Johnson and his New Orleans Band: Bunk Johnson, tpt; Jim Robinson, tbn; George Lewis, cl; Alton Purnell, p; Lawrence Marrero, bjo; Alcide Pavageau, sb; Baby Dodds, d

Lionel Hampton
Haven’t Named it Yet
Lionel Hampton and Charlie Christian
Proper P 1145
2.54
Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra: Lionel Hampton, perc; Nat “king” Cole, p; Oscar Moore, g; Wesley Prince, b; Al Spieldock, d

Count Basie and His Orchestra
That Rhythm Man
Razaf, Waller and Brooks
Vanguard 3VCD 169/71-2
2.34
Count Basie and His Orchestra

Wardell Gray
Southside
Wardell Gray
Proper 1319
3.21
Wardell Gray, ts, as; Haigh, p; Tommy Potter, b; Roy Haynes, d

Oscar Peterson
My Heart Stood Still
Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Verve 840 816-2
5.39
The Oscar Peterson Trio: Oscar Peterson, p; Ray Brown, b; Ed Tighpen, d

Clifford Brown & Max Roach
If I Love Again
John P Murray and Ben Oakland
Avid AMSC 950
3.21
Clifford Brown, tpt; Max Roach, d; Harold Land, ts; George Morrow, b; Richie Powell, pno

Steve Lacy
San Francisco Holiday
Thelonious Monk
Avid AMSC 1187
4.28
Steve Lacy, sop; Don Cherry, tpt; Carl Brown, b; Billy Higgins, d

Bill Evans
Minority
Gigi Gryce
Proper P 1173
5.20
Bill Evans Trio: Bill Evans, p; Sam Jones, b; Philly Joe Jones, d

Yusef Lateef
Koko’s Tune
Yusuf Lateef
Avid AMSC 1128
6.24
Yusuf Lateef, ts; Herman Wright, b; Elvin Jones, d

Miles Davis
Blue ‘n’ Boogie
Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Paparelli
52nd Street Records FSST07
8.14
Miles Davis, tpt; J.J. Johnson, tbn; Lucky Thompson, ts; Horace Silver, p; Percy Heath, b; Kenny Clarke, d

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