Drummin' Men

Drummin' Men : The Heartbeat of Jazz - The Bebop Years

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In the 1930s, swing music was everywhere - on the radio, in the great hotel ballrooms, at the theatre, and in the clubs. Perhaps at no other time were drummers more central to the sound and spirits of jazz - as Jo Jones once said, 'The drummer is the key - the heartbeat of jazz.' Drummin' Men presents written portraits of several drummers from the swing era of jazz as informed by the drummers themselves, their friends, and contemporaries. It is also Burt Korall's memoir of more than 40 years in the jazz world and a deeeply personal celebration of the men and their music. Meet chick Webb, small, fragile-looking, a hunchback from childhood, whose explosive drumming style would have made him capable, as one wit expressed it, of forcing the Guy Lombardo band to swing...Gene Krupa, the showman, with syncopating, pulsating, swing style - but above all a jazz entertainer...Dave Tough, a natural musician, soulful, subtle - who lit a fire under Woody Herman's Band...and Buddy Rich, a great technician, intense, aggressive, and ever pulsating. Based on hundreds of interviews with many of the world's greatest jazzmen, Drummin' Men will intrigue and fascinate every jazz lover.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 161.5 x 240.3 x 26.9mm | 630.5g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous halftones
  • 0195148126
  • 9780195148121

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"Attention drummers, jazz lovers, bebop lovers, and students of jazz history! Run--I repeat, run--do not walk to your local bookstore and purchase this absolutely wonderful book."--Allegro"An invaluable book for musicians as well as listeners. It is not only an illumination of master drummers, including some deserving more renown, but also the interviews with a wide range of musicians add new insight into jazz history." --Nat Hentoff"If you want to know what modern drumming is all about, this is your book. Burt Korall has done a remarkable job, and I strongly recommend it."--Artie Shaw"Nobody writes about jazz drumming like Burt Korall. He gets inside the important drummers, the jazzmen who played with them, the arrangers and the leaders, to capture the excitement, the feel, even the sound of the Bebop Era. What an achievement!"--Dom Cerulli, The Jazz Word"Korall digs deep into the hippest period in drumming history. A fascinating must-read for any drummer of style or lover of modern jazz."--William F. Miller, Editorial Director, Modern Drummer Magazineshow more

About Burt Korall

Burt Korall, himself a jazz drummer, is a music business veteran and jazz authority who has written on jazz for The New York Times, Village Voice, Modern Drummer, and a number of other jazz publications. He has been Director of Special Assignments at BMI and is currently founder and director of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop. He lives in Mount Vernon, New York.show more

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