Yeah, I guess I just expected to see more about him on a forum specifically for drummers.I love me some Louie (first jazz drummer I really really listened to - had about 20-30 tapes of his groups, and his Ellington stuff), so I don't want to sound flippant or glib, but:
You can ask the same question of so many great drummers, and the answer is "People don't know/care about him" - and maybe they eventually will, and they should, but maybe they won't...
And it's sad.
It's because we forget about them until they die would be my guessYeah Matt, that's true, but at the same time, it's like all those Oscars (and other lifetime awards) they give out after someone died. It'd be nice if those awards were given while the person was still around to enjoy it. I always wondered why we mostly/only celebrate the person appropriately once they've died - what? We can't honor them twice?
It's because we forget about them until they die would be my guess
I think I have the one you're talking about. I've got a smokin' version of 'Caravan' by Louie on an album of his called "Classics In Jazz" which has Louie doing Ellington and Gershwin songs. He plays with a big band and a small band on the album. For 'Caravan' he's playing with the small band and the other band members in the lineup are:The man had the best interpretation of "Caravan" - I gotta find the take - it's his own band - small group - and the thing is smokin' fast, crisp, and just incredible - the A section is sooooo good - and when he hits the uptempo ride pattern - oh my goodness. It's with Conte Candoli, I think...I'm gonna see if I can find it... Keter Betts on bass, I think.... Hmmm....let me see....Don Menza....going to allmusic.com - get to the bottom of this... (I remember the dude who introduces the band - great accent - impossible to forget once you hear it)...Nope, not on "Jazz Giants" - but that's a great album too - get it. Let's see...
cant find it...Gonna tell my mom to mail me those old cassette tapes...
Long live Louie!
Yup.In the days following his passing, I thought this forum probably had the best Louie Bellson reflection thread on the net.
Here it is.
Once again Abe, a very eloquent way of putting it.Good question. Perhaps its because he was the proverbial AVIS in the era of HERTZ and never quite got the recognition he deserved.
A great drummer and a fine gent he was indeed.
I think I have the one you're talking about. I've got a smokin' version of 'Caravan' by Louie on an album of his called "Classics In Jazz" which has Louie doing Ellington and Gershwin songs. He plays with a big band and a small band on the album. For 'Caravan' he's playing with the small band and the other band members in the lineup are:
Theodore R. Nash, saxophone
Glenn Drewes, trumpet
Jay Leonhart, bass
Derek Smith, piano
Remo Palmier, guitar
Does that sound like it might be the one you're looking for?