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DRUM FACE Volume 1 - Zutty Singleton

DRUM FACE Volume 1 - Zutty Singleton
CD / Product Number: JCCD3114

A note from Big Bill: Zutty Singleton was the first New Orleans drummer I ever saw in person. It was with Wilbur de Paris at old Jimmy Ryan's. I would always take my trombone along in the hope of being invited to join him - and thus I got to play once or twice with the great master. This is the first of two CDs which are a career retrospective of the great jazz drummer that was Zutty Singleton - with guests including Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton and many more. See track listing for full details. Volume 2 is on JCCD3115


Drum Face - Zutty Singleton (All tracks)
Butterfinger Blues - Charlie Creath's Jazz-O-Maniacs
Beau Koo Jack - Savoy Ballroom Five with Louis Armstrong
Tight Like This - Savoy Ballroom Five as above
West End Blues - Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five
Smilin' the Blues Away - Jelly Roll Morton Trio
Who Stole the Lock? - Jack Bland and his Rhythm Makers
Ubangi Man - Charlie LeVere and his Chicagoans
Bugle Call Rag - Zutty Singleton and his Band
Clarinet Marmalade - Zutty Singleton and his Band
Look over Yonder - Zutty Singleton and his Band
Royal Garden Blues - Zutty Singleton and his Band
Scunch Lo - Banjo the Robinson and his Windy City Five
Swing It - Banjo the Robinson and his Windy City Five
Heckler's Stomp - Roy Eldrige and his Orchestra
Zutty's Hootie Blues - Pee Wee Russell's Rhythmakers
China Boy - Alastair Cooke Radio Jam Session featuring Sidney Bechet, Joe Bushkin, Carmen Mastren, Artie Shapiro and Zutty Singleton
58 minutes

Reviews of This Recording

Just Jazz UK
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
That's my message to Big Bill Bissonnette for producing a double CD set (34 tracks) of one of New Orleans' maestros of the drum kit, Zutty Singleton. Not an easy task, as there are many memorable moments that Zutty recorded during his playing career. He could have gone for the obvious, those with Wilbur De Paris those radio broadcasts with Dizzy Gillespie those lovely tracks with Armstrong in 1940, but Bill has done an excellent job in representing Zutty's career from 1927 until 1969. There are some missing things prior to or after the event, but the collection put together is sufficient to prove that Zutty was one of the best drummers to come out of New Orleans and, in that style, probably one of the best, full-stop!
There will be arguments about whether Baby Dodds was the better, but although I admire Dodds tremendously, and he did have a great technique which others tried to copy but failed, I feel Zutty's particular style suited more than one occasion, as is proven by the tracks on these CDs.
As most of our readers know, I check out CDs for review by listening in the car going to gigs, and if they pass that test, I can usually give them the okay. Well, no problems with these, and I followed this up by playing them on the house P.A. at Bembridge just recently to Colin Bowden and Denny Illet and a few others. To hear the sound of Zutty's drum kit reverberating around the ballroom was just thrilling. The tonal qualities of his kit made them seem quite easy to play, but I expect they weren't. It was the man behind them that was doing the business, a joyous sound of drums making the bands swing. If Big Bill ever decides he has enough material for volumes 3 and 4, then I hope I'm first in the queue for a review copy. - Peter Lay