When Jazz made the step back from dance music to Modern Jazz, with all its different playing styles in the 1940s, its harmony and rhythm became more and more complex and it moved away from its "primitive" original. Interestingly, however, this sparked an interest in the African roots of the music, fuelled of course by the new self-consciousness of African Americans after World War II. Drummer Art Blakey traveled to Africa in 1947 in order to become more familiar with African polyrhythms. He used these experiences for albums like "Holidays for Skins", which kicks off this comprehensive overview of the great drummers of Modern Jazz.
The 10CDs also include legendary albums by drummers like "The Joneses" - Philly Joe, Jo and Elvin - as well as Shelly Manne, Gene Krupa, Dave Bailey, or Louis Bellson. Guy Warren from Ghana, an influence on Fela Kuti and Duke Ellington, is featured on "Africa Speaks American Answers" and Max Roach gives us "Percussion Bittersweet", which confronts young avant-garde musicians such as Eric Dolphin with complex rhythms.
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CD 1: Art Blakey The Feast / Aghano / Lamento Africano / Mirage / O’Tinde / Ray Bryant - Swingin’ Kilts / Art Blakey - Dinga / Reflection
CD 2: Max Roach Garvey’s Ghost / Mama / Tender Warriors / Praise For A Martyr / Mendacity / Man From South Africa / Wee Dot / Fours / Philly Joe Jones’ Solo / Segue - Finale / Now’s The Time / Philly Joe Jones’ Solo / Art Blakey’s Solo / El Nino / Fours / Drum Ensemble - Segue - Elvin Jones’ Solo / Drum Ensemble - Segue - Charlie Persip’s Solo / Drum Ensemble - Segue - Finale
CD 3: Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich Buddy’s Blues / Bernie’s Tune / Gene’s Blues / Sweethearts On Parade / I Never Knew
CD 4: Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich Idaho / Sophisticated Lady / Flying Home / Drum Boogie / The Drum Battle / Perdido / Shoe Shine Boy - First Take / Lover Man / Georgia Mae / Caravan / Lincoln Heights / Embraceable You / Shoe Shine Boy - Second Take
CD 5: Buddy Rich and Max Roach Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing) / The Casbah / Sleep / Figure Eights / Yesterdays /Big Foot / Limehouse Blues / Toot, Toot, Tootsie Goodbye / Skin Deep / Claxton Hall Swing / Phalanges / For Europeans Only / Copasetic / Fascinatin’ Rhythm / Percussionistically Speaking / All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm / Loris / A Pearl For Louie
CD 6: Guy Warren With The Red Saunders Orchestra Africa Speaks / Ode To A Stream / Duet / Eyi Wala Dong / Monkies And Butterflies / J.A.I.S.I. (Jazz As I See It) / Invocation Of The Horned Viper / Chant / My Minuet / The High Life / Eyes Of A Fawn / Fred Tone
CD 7: Manny Albam, Ernie Wilkins First Movement: Dancers On Drums / Second Movement: Bristling /Third Movement: Chant Of The Witch Doctors / Fourth Movement: Skinning The Valves /Fifth Movement: Cymbalisms / Sixth Movement: The Octopus / Jonalah /Chrissie / The Wind / Gone Lover (When Your Lover Has Gone) / The Ghost / Sleepy Slept Here (Santa Monica) / Takin’ A Chance On Love /The Squimp / Topsy / Drums West / Sleep
CD 8: Philly Joe Jones Blue Gwynn / Stablemates / El Tambores - Carioca / The Tribal Message / Cherokee / Land Of The Blue Veils / Philly J.J.
CD 9: Elvin Jones, Shelly Manne Lady Luck / Buzz-At / Shadowland / Pretty Brown / Ray-El / Four And Six / You Are Too Beautiful / Take The “A” Train / The Sicks Of Us / Slowly / Lean On Me / Cherokee / Me And Some Drums
CD 10: Dave Bailey Sextet One Foot In The Gutter / Well You Needn’t / Sandu