DRUM FACE Volume 2 - Zutty Singleton
This album picks up Zutty on his first recordings with Charlie Creath. This was an important time for Zutty for more than musical reasons as he met and married Charlie's sister during his stint with the band!
This is the great jazz drummer Zutty Singleton - His Life in Jazz Volume 2, this time featuring Fats Waller and Omer Simeon. See track listing for full details.
Volume 1 is on JCCD3114.
Zutty Singleton drums on all tracks
Conversation with Louis Armstrong track 6
Moppin' and Boppin' - Fats Waller and his Rhythm
Ain't Misbehavin' - as above
Jungle Drums - Sidney Bechet and his Orchestra
Duces Wild - Three Duces Trio with Pee Wee Russell
Clambake in Bb - Capitol Jazzmen
That's a Plenty - Orson Wells Radio Program featuring Mutt Carey and Kid Ory
Crawfish Blues - Zutty's Creole Band
China Boy - Lamplighter Jazz Combo
Where the Blues was Born in New Orleans - Movie Soundtrack featuring Louis Armstrong
Washington and Lee Swing - Nappy Lemare and his Levee Loungers
Aunt Hagar's Children - Omer Simeon Trio
St James Imfirmary - as above
Sweet Georgia Brown - Tony Parente Trio Live at Jimmy Ryan's
At Sundown - Clarinet Kings
I've Found a New Baby - Tony Parente's Deans of Dixieland
Chinatown - Clarinet Kings
Bourbon Street Parade featuring Bob Greene and Van Perry
Reviews of This Recording
Boxell’s Jazz Website—New Zealand
Zutty Singleton - the name conjures up the image of jazz’s all time great drummer standing as a giant in his field standing way above his contemporaries. This man’s career started 1915 and didn’t end until the early 70s. You name the classic jazz band or famous name, black or white, and at sometime you can bet Zutty played with them. These CDs cover his recording sessions 1927-69 (though apparently his first recording was with Fate Marabel in 1924). As you can imagine the style of jazz played covers the spectrum from purist New Orleans to mainstream. He also recorded with bee-bop players, but we are spared that. Reading the covers tells you that the other jazzmen on the CDs are basically a Who's Who of American traditional jazz from the classic periods.
The sound quality varies from the pristine to the rather muzzy (surprisingly the worst is ‘Chinatown’ on volume 2 recorded in 1967. It is such a hot number though, you can understand its inclusion), but all shew the master at work and most feature him at some time all, though, give an indication of the man’s genius. Myself I love the early recordings, especially those with Louis Armstrong (2 of which ‘Tight Like That’ and ‘West End Blues’ have conversations between Armstrong and Zutty leading into them. Armstrong also talks with others on ‘That’s a Plenty’ though that track has Mutt Carey on trumpet. They all really sound like back stage ‘chat’ and ‘reminisce’ rather than scripted chat show material, and help give some insights into the life of these black musicians and their gradual acceptance into a white world). But can I go past ‘Aunt Hagar’s Children’ and St James Infirmary Blues’ by the Omer Simeon Trio? Such tracks are what jazz dreams are made of.
Any serious collector of jazz needs these CDs for not only are they a tribute to the man that Orson Wells called ‘the world’s greatest drummer’, but also something of a history of American traditional jazz. - Geoff Boxell