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Various Artists / Talking & Drum Solos
Album:Talking & Drum Solos Collection:Jazz
Artist:Various Artists Added:Jun 2004
Label:Atavistic/Truckstop Audio 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2004-06-28 Pull Date:2004-08-30 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Aug 22Aug 1Jul 25Jul 18Jul 4

 Recent Airplay
1.Mar 23, 2013:Music Casserole
Spooky Drums #1
4.Aug 18, 2004:Juan 2-3-Show
Shimmy Beat / Press Roll Dem
2.Jan 20, 2011:American Grandstand: New Orleans Traditional Jazz
Shimmy Beat / Press Roll Dem
5.Jul 30, 2004:Memory Select
Spooky Drums #1
3.Jan 31, 2009:Music Casserole
I'm Going on, Sun Gonna Shine in My Back
6.Jul 23, 2004:No Cover, No Minimum
Spooky Drums #2

Album Review
Reviewed 2004-06-24 
Reissue of 2 albums made by historian Fred Ramsey documenting the early history of jazz. Baby Dodds was an influential early drummer starting in the brass bands of New Orleans and ending up on seminal Chicago albums with King Oliver and Louis Armstrong. By the 40s when this was recorded, the original jazz styles had almost been forgotten, so Ramsey made a sort of instructional record with Dodds. He explains some history of the music, gives some insight into his technique and plays some incredible drum solos (esp. tracks #1 & #7).

The recording of the brass bands on this disc is supposed to echo the sound of a proto-jazz played by bands in the post-Civil War South. By the 50s, Ramsey had to go pretty far afield to document this sound and the result is pretty raw. It definitely takes a couple of listens to appreciate the sound, but there is some interesting history in all that clatter.

Ben Bostwick 6/14/04

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Baby DoddsSpooky Drums #1
2.Baby DoddsDrums in the Twenties
3.Baby DoddsShimmy Beat / Press Roll Dem
4.Baby DoddsCareless Love Blues
5.Baby DoddsRudiments
6.Baby DoddsMaryland
7.Baby DoddsSpooky Drums #2
8.Baby DoddsTom Tom Workout
9.Laneville-Johnson Union BrassPrecious Lord Hold My Hand
10.Laneville-Johnson Union BrassTake Rocks & Gravel to Build
11.Laneville-Johnson Union BrassWild About My Daddy
12.Laneville-Johnson Union BrassSun Gonna Shine in My Back
13.Laneville-Johnson Union BrassI'm Going on
14.Laneville-Johnson Union BrassO Lord Let Thy Will Be Done
15.Laneville-Johnson Union BrassConversation
16.Laneville-Johnson Union BrassMy Baby Gone and She Won't
17.Laneville-Johnson Union BrassFare You Well Daddy, It's Yo
18.Lapsey Band, theSing on
19.Lapsey Band, theDixie
20.Lapsey Band, theGoing Up the Country, Don't
21.Lapsey Band, theI Shall not Be Moved
22.Lapsey Band, theThe Ship Is Over the Ocean
23.Lapsey Band, theMam Don't You Tear My Clothe
24.Lapsey Band, theNearer My God to Thee
25.Lapsey Band, theLike My Lord/I'm All Right