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Louie Bellson: Tasteful Drummer, Sweeter Guy

Read "Louie Bellson: Tasteful Drummer, Sweeter Guy" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To say that drummer extraordinaire Louie Bellson, who left us on February 14, 2009 at age eighty-four, had a remarkable career would be to explicitly understate the record. Bellson's success at age 17 in a nationwide contest sponsored by one of his idols, Gene Krupa, and Slingerland Drums set the talented wunderkind on a path that saw him soon reach the pinnacle of his profession and remain there for nearly six decades. Bellson was not simply another timekeeper; he was ...

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Louie Bellson/Clark Terry: Louie & Clark Expedition 2

Read "Louie & Clark Expedition 2" reviewed by George Kanzler

Drummer Louie Bellson and trumpeter/flugelhornist Clark Terry first worked together in the Duke Ellington Orchestra in the '50s and the Duke or, as Terry always refers to him, “The Maestro," remains central to both players' jazz conception. This is more a Bellson big band project than a true collaboration, as Terry only appears on seven of the thirteen tracks and Bellson composed or co-wrote all thirteen. Carrying on in a decidedly Ellington vein, the first four tracks comprise “The Chicago ...

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Louie Bellson & Clark Terry: Louie & Clark Expedition 2

Read "Louie & Clark Expedition 2" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Drummer Louie Bellson and trumpeter Clark Terry trump age to front a big band with verve and youthful vitality. Though both are in their eighties, age has not diminished the wonderful ability they have shown through their long and distinguished careers to give jazz a glorious presence.

Bellson and Terry collaborated in 1994 on the big band recording, Live From New York (Telarc), which featured a track called “Louie and Clark Expedition." This, then, becomes another odyssey larger in dimension, ...

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Louie Bellson and Clark Terry: Louie & Clark Expedition 2

Read "Louie & Clark Expedition 2" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Louie & Clark Expedition 2 marks the historic reunion of legendary drummer Louie Bellson and trumpeter Clark Terry. While the title references the 1803 Lewis & Clark expedition, it's actually a reprisal of the big band effort Live From New York (Telarc, 1994), which featured the composition “Louie & Clark Expedition. Expedition 2 is more than an encore or swan song for the robust 83 year-old Bellson and 87 year-young Terry; it is, indeed, a celebration of life and a ...

JAZZ ART

John Taylor's Jazz Caricatures: Louie Bellson

Read "John Taylor's Jazz Caricatures: Louie Bellson" reviewed by John Taylor

Louie Bellson About John Taylor For me, art and music flow into a creative confluence. Encouraged by my family to draw and play the drums at an early age, I continue to find expression in these art forms.Motivation for a career in art and music developed in the 1960's as I observed theme park caricaturists at work and listened to recordings of the inimitable Buddy Rich. Gifted editorial caricaturist, David Levine, ...

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Louie Bellson's Big Band Explosion!: The Art of the Chart

Read "The Art of the Chart" reviewed by Jim Santella

At the age of seventy-three, drummer Louie Bellson shows no signs of slowing down; his drum set propels his Big Band Explosion! here today as it has in the past for the bands of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and others. Bellson's casual, friendly manner off the stage shows up in the performances as well; the bandleader encourages all band members to exhibit their wares and allows space for each.

Bellson co-composed nine of ...


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