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 22 Aug 1 Jul 25 Jul 18 Jul 4
Airplays: 1 1 1 2 1

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 Dodds Spooky Drums #1
2. Baby Dodds Drums in the Twenties
3. Baby Dodds Shimmy Beat / Press Roll Dem
4. Baby Dodds Careless Love Blues
5. Baby Dodds Rudiments
6. Baby Dodds Maryland
7. Baby Dodds Spooky Drums #2
8. Baby Dodds Tom Tom Workout
9. Laneville-Johnson Union Brass Precious Lord Hold My Hand
10. Laneville-Johnson Union Brass Take Rocks & Gravel to Build
11. Laneville-Johnson Union Brass Wild About My Daddy
12. Laneville-Johnson Union Brass Sun Gonna Shine in My Back
13. Laneville-Johnson Union Brass I'm Going on
14. Laneville-Johnson Union Brass O Lord Let Thy Will Be Done
15. Laneville-Johnson Union Brass Conversation
16. Laneville-Johnson Union Brass My Baby Gone and She Won't
17. Laneville-Johnson Union Brass Fare You Well Daddy, It's Yo
18. Lapsey Band, the Sing on
19. Lapsey Band, the Dixie
20. Lapsey Band, the Going Up the Country, Don't
21. Lapsey Band, the I Shall not Be Moved
22. Lapsey Band, the The Ship Is Over the Ocean
23. Lapsey Band, the Mam Don't You Tear My Clothe
24. Lapsey Band, the Nearer My God to Thee
25. Lapsey Band, the Like My Lord/I'm All Right