Louie Bellson feature

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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


I feel Louie Bellson was a very, very exceptional drummer. One of the Greatest in jazz history. I saw him "live" with his Big Band in 1977 (Cupertino) and 1980 (Concord). And his small group with Blue Mitchell, Grant Geissman and Gordon Goodwin in 1978 (San Francisco); all in the San Francisco Bay Area. He played fantastic drum solos.
By PATRICK 8 years ago
Simply superb.
By Eddie 8 years ago
Hello jazz classique, I agree with you, technique isn't everything.
By bob erwig 8 years ago
that's without doubt an outstanding drum solo ! Nevertheless, as far as swing is concerned (driving a rythm section) technical proficiency is not the only thing, and I think that Gus johnson, Joe Jones, Sid Catlett, Oliver Jackson, Dave Tough, Panama francis etc ... were at least as efficient as L. Bellson, and the drummer of the Newport 56 festival and all the magnificent late 50's recordings of Duke is Sam Woodyard, much less of a virtuoso, but driving the band at its maximum of swing. Nevertheless a very interesting video. Thansk again to Bob for sharing these wonders
By JAZZCLASSIQUE 8 years ago