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Percussion: Jazz Listening Examples

Jazz Listening Examples

Listening examples for percussion from jazz



King Oliver and His Creole Jazz Band, 1923-1926 performed by Warren "Baby" Dodds
CD 4205  Check Availability
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"This CD completes the documentation of the superb 1923 band with Armstrong and the Dodds brothers, begun on Jazz Chronological Classics' 1923, and begins the documentation of his 1926 Chicago recordings. Oliver was also a great blues player, and there's ample evidence of that here, from the stately 'Riverside Blues' of 1923 to the witty muted play of 'Jackass Blues' and 'Wa Wa Wa,' both from 1926." - Stuart Broomer
The Essential Jo Jones by Jo Jones
CD 21331  Check Availability
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"With the shimmering hi-hat pulse that introduces the classic Basie chart 'Shoe Shine Boy,' all the magic that was Jonathan David Samuel Jones comes alive for contemporary listeners. As a member of the All-American Rhythm Section, drummer Jo Jones transformed the basic swing pulse, spanning the gap between dance music and art music, paving the way for bebop. By enunciating the basic jazz pulse on the hi-hats and ride cymbal, Jones freed the other limbs to accent and syncopate on or around the beat with the other drums, anticipating the free polyrhythmic approach of modern drummers."


Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants drum performance by Kenny Clarke
CD 2597  Check Availability
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"Including sessions recorded the same day as those on Bags Groove, this album includes more classic performances from the date that matched together trumpeter Miles Davis, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, pianist Thelonious Monk, bassist Percy Heath, and drummer Kenny Clarke. Davis and Monk actually did not get along all that well, and the trumpeter did not want Monk playing behind his solos. Still, a great deal of brilliant music occurred on the day of their encounter, including 'The Man I Love,' 'Bemsha Swing,' and 'Swing Spring.'" - Scott Yanow
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Jazz at Massey Hall drum performance by Max Roach
CD 3185  Check Availability
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"The music on this CD features the famous Massey Hall concert which teamed together (for the last time on records) the unbeatable team of altoist Charlie Parker and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie along with pianist Bud Powell, bassist Charles Mingus, and drummer Max Roach. The full quintet performs six of their standards; listen to Bird burn on 'Salt Peanuts' as a reaction to Gillespie's clowning. This is timeless and highly recommended music." - Scott Yanow
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The Complete Blue Note Andrew Hill Sessions (1963-66) (Andrew Hill, leader) drum performance by Roy Haynes
CD 4372 Disc 1  Check Availability
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"Andrew Hill was one of the greatest pianists of the '60s, but he never quite received his due. Hill was a skillful, cerebral musician [who] consciously positioned his music between hard bop and free. He was at his peak in the mid-'60s, as his playing and composing continued to explore new territory. All of his seminal recordings for Blue Note between 1963 and 1966 are collected on the limited-edition, seven-disc box set The Complete Blue Note Andrew Hill Sessions (1963-66). During those three years, he recorded with an astonishing array of talents, including Eric Dolphy, Freddie Hubbard, Sam Rivers, Joe Henderson, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Richard Davis, Joe Chambers, John Gilmore, and Kenny Dorham." - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Live at Birdland (John Coltrane, leader) drum performance by Elvin Jones
CD 11257  Check Availability
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"Arguably John Coltrane's finest all-around album, this recording has brilliant versions of 'Afro Blue' and 'I Want to Talk About You'; the second half of the latter features Coltrane on unaccompanied tenor tearing into the piece but never losing sight of the fact that it is a beautiful ballad. The remainder of this album ('Alabama,' 'The Promise,' and 'Your Lady') is almost at the same high level." - Scott Yanow


Filles de Kilimanjaro (Miles Davis, leader) drum performance by Tony Williams
CD 7323  Check Availability
Image:Filles_de_Kilimanjaro.jpg‎ From the catalog:
"Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, Nov. 8, 1963-March 7, 1966."
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The De Johnette Complex by Jack DeJohnette
CD 6721  Check Availability
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"This album, released in 1969, has all the charms of an eager first album. The DeJohnette Complex also makes a solid case for Jack DeJohnette as a formidable composer and band leader. He already had impressive credentials as a drummer, having had successful stints with both Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis (after replacing Tony Williams). The players on this album are some of the best of that time: Miroslav Vitous and Eddie Gomez on bass, Stanley Cowell on piano, Bennie Maupin on tenor saxophone, and Roy Haynes on drums. There are angular ballads and furiously cascading post-bop rave-ups. The compositions reveal DeJohnette's deep musical background and training in classical piano."


Spiritual Unity (Albert Ayler, leader) drum performance by Sonny Murray
CD 20689  Check Availability
Image:Spiritual_Unity_Albert_Ayler.jpg‎ From the catalog:
"Ghosts: first variation (5:01) -- The wizard (7:26) -- Spirits (6:52) -- Ghosts: second variation (10:11). Recorded in New York City, July 10, 1964."
Lowell Davidson Trio drum performance by Milfred Graves
CD 773  Check Availability
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"This 1965 free-jazz date is definitely 'outside,' and will certainly appeal to archivists and students of the style's development. Pianist Lowell Davidson exhibits a loose, mercurial approach that will keep listeners guessing, yet the ensemble work--which features outstanding playing from drummer Milford Graves and bassist Gary Peacock--is remarkably cohesive and compelling. ESP released the date on CD in 2008, making this obscure gem available to a new generation."


Bags' Groove by Miles Davis
CD 2566  Check Availability
Image:Percussion_bags'_groove.jpg‎ From the publisher:
"Bags' Groove is a jazz album recorded by Miles Davis in 1954 for Prestige Records. Both takes of the title track come from a session on December 24, 1954 ('Bags' was vibraphonist Milt Jackson's nickname). The rest of the album was recorded earlier in the year, on 29 June. (The other tracks from the December session are found on the album Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants."
The Atlantic New Orleans Jazz Sessions 
CD 15412-15415  Check Availability
Image:Percussion_the_atlantic_new_orleans_jazz_sessions.jpg‎ From the publisher:
"The initial recordings heard here are the 1955 sides by drummer Paul Barbarin. Presented in early and surprisingly glorious stereo, this master New Orleans drummer leads a talented cast with such familiar names as Willie Humphrey, Danny Barker, and Milt Hinton."


Legends of Jazz Drumming co-produced & written by Bruce Klauber
DVD 4690  Check Availability
Image:Legends_of_Jazz_Drumming_DVD(2).jpg‎ From the catalog:
"Traces the history of jazz drumming in America. Included are rare film clips and still photographs of Baby Dobbs, Paul Barbarin, Chick Webb, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Dave Tough, Sid Catlett, Jo Jones, and Kenny Clarke (pt. 1), and Shelly Manne, Joe Morello, Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones, Elvin Jones and Tony Williams (pt. 2)."
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