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The Big Beat: Edwin G. Hamilton, Scott Neumann, Donald Edwards, Arthur Vint, Rob Garcia, Jeremy Warren

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This is a spotlight on drums...a pretty big spotlight. Edwin G. Hamilton
The Whole World Must Change
Self Produced
2016

It's hard enough to find a drummer, much less one who sings. There is Les DeMerle, and he is fine, but, the drummer/singer is a pretty hard chair to fill, ...

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Les DeMerle Band Featuring Bonnie Eisele: Cookin' at the Corner, Volume Two

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On November 11 and 12, 2005 drummer Les DeMerle and his band recorded a two-session live performance at The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, South Carolina, producing his fourth and fifth recordings, Cookin' at the Corner, Volume One and Volume Two for Origin Records. Recording a total of thirty songs, Volume Two represents the second half ...

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The Les DeMerle Band: Cookin' At The Corner, Volume One

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A veteran first-call musician and leader of many bands who has also shared the stage with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Mel Torme, power drummer Les DeMerle's fourth album on the Origin label, Cookin' at the Corner, Volume One, was recorded live at the Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, South Carolina in ...

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Dynamic Les DeMerle Band: Hittin' the Blue Notes, Volume 2

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A lot of us jazz fans cut our listening teeth on Blue Note records by Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Lee Morgan and more. The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band's Hittin' the Blue Notes, Vol. 2 celebrates that classic sound with a set of swinging, hard-driving hard bop tunes.

Les DeMerle sat in the drummer's chair in ...

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The Les DeMerle Band: You're The Bop: A Jazz Portrait of Cole Porter

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A small band with a very large band sound.

Skip right to the last track, “Love for Sale". This is a drum-voice duet between DeMerle and Eisele. It is stunning. Eisele's time is as perfect her empathy with the drummer DeMerle. This reading is as effective as the same vehicle used by Mary Pearson ...