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Give the Drummer Less


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Drummers are the under-sung heroes of the jazz world. At their best, they lift up and enhance whatever the so-called front-liners are up to while being ready to step up and say their piece when called upon. But every now and then things get a bit... sticky. This episode explores four recordings where to varying degrees the drummer goes a little wild and oddity results.


  • Discussion of Charlie Parker's album Bird & Diz (Verve) 6:05
  • Discussion of Dexter Gordon's album One Flight Up (Blue Note) 27:00
  • Discussion of Slide Hampton's album Mellow Dy (LRC) 40:25
  • Discussion of Mostly Other People Do the Killing's album Disasters Vol. 1 (Hot Cup) 55:05
  • Pop Matters 1:08:15

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