Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Great Baby Dodds

I wouldn't usually choose to listen to an extended drums solo, instead skipping the track or going out of the room to make a cup of tea. If you share my occasional disinterest in percussive excursions, listen to the recording below and be converted.

Warren 'Baby' Dodds is featured here on an improvised drums solo. He claimed one of his goals was to play melodies on an instrument many regard as purely rhythmic, and based on this evidence, he achieved it.



And here he is with Mutt Carey's New Yorkers, a true all-star aggregation. Throughout, Dodds' playing is driving yet relaxed - listen especially to his characteristic rims work behind Edmond Hall's clarinet solo.

Another of Dodds' goals was to play 'for the benefit of the band'. Mission accomplished!

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