Don Lamond only recorded one album - Offbeat Percussion on Command - under his own name, but he was among the regular session players through most of the Command albums produced under Enoch Light's leadership. Lamond grew up in Washington, DC, and began playing with professional big bands in 1943, starting with Sonny Durham and moving on to Boyd Raeburn, Woody Herman during the great Four Brothers era, Alvino Rey (briefly), ex-Herdsman Chubby Jackson, and finally, Elliot Lawrence in the early 1950s.
Lamond developed a reputation as an innovative, bebop-oriented drummer, and he can be heard on several classic bebop recordings, including Charlie Parker's "Relaxin' at Camarillo," Serge Chaloff's "Blue Serge," and guitarist Johnny Smith's "Moonlight in Vermont."
Around 1953, he settled in New York City and switched from touring to session work. He spent most of the next twenty years performing on hundreds of jazz and popular recordings, playing for Benny Goodman, Bud Freeman, Joe Reisman, Maynard Ferguson, Bob Crosby, singer Lee Wiley, and many others. His versatile drumming style made him a natural for Light's percussion showcase albums, and his name appears frequently in the liner notes of many of Command's first fifty albums. He moved to Florida in the early 1970s and played with the Top of the World band at Disney World when it first opened.
Don Lamond - Woody Herman
Walter Hendl, Tony Aless, Billy Bauer, Chubby Jackson, Don Lamond, Woody Herman
and Flip Phillips, Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., ca. Apr. 1946].
Woody Herman's Orchestra
The Big Swing Band
Wild Bill Davidson
....and many more
Classic Drum Solos and Drum Battles
This DVD presents fifteen of the true “legends of jazz drumming” in astounding extended solos and in rare, never-before-seen drum duels filmed over the last five decades. Among the highlights are uncut solos from big band legends Sonny Payne, Rufus Jones, Buddy Rich, Sam Woodyard and Louie Bellson; and small group giants Art Blakey and Joe Morello. Rare drum battles include meetings between Gene Krupa and Cozy Cole, Buddy Rich and Ed Shaughnessy, Chico Hamilton, Gene Krupa and Lionel Hampton; Elvin Jones, Sunny Murray and Art Blakey; and a once-in-a-lifetime battle between Buddy Rich and Jerry Lewis! Bonus track is the original theatrical trailer for “The Gene Krupa Story,” never seen outside movie theaters, where it was shown in 1958.
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Classic Drum Solos and Drum Battles Vol. 2
Fifteen thunderous, drum solos from legends like Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa, "Papa" Jo Jones,
Art Blakey, Shelly Manne, Sonny Payne, Sam Woodyard, Rufus "Speedy" Jones and others, spanning the years 1947 to 1989, many never before released on home video or DVD. Bonus clips include Bobby Troup's "history of the jazz drum set," from 1958 and a great segment featuring the Gene Krupa Jazz Trio impersonating Russian musicians from 1946!
Special DVD Features: A photo gallery, notes on each clip, and a short bio of each drummer are available using the web link function!
Running Time: 73 minutes
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