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    bob erwig

    by bob erwig

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    Louie Bellson (b. 1924), is considered to be one of the few drummers whose technical proficiency is in the same league as Buddy Rich. He is a composer, arranger, bandleader, and jazz educator, and is credited with pioneering the use of two bass drums. He has been called "the world's greatest drummer" by Duke Ellington (with Ellington saying "Louie Bellson has all the requirements for perfection in his craft. Renowned music critic and journalist Leonard Feather referred to Bellson as "one of the most phenomenal drummers in history" and also stated of Bellson that "Musicians and public alike respect him as a drummer without peer in technique, taste and originality; and as a composer whose works are a consistently effective fusion of melodic, rhythmic and harmonic ideas.
    Louie Bellson drums, Clark Terry fluegelhorn, Zoot Sims tenor sax, Teddy Wilson piano, Red Norvo vibes, Milt Hinton bass