Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Lighter Side of Duffy Jackson

Some really nice piano trio playing here from drummer Duffy Jackson, a drummer I had only previously known for his great big band drumming and a guy who I had only considered in the tradition of such great drummers as Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Louie Bellson, Sam Woodyard, Sonny Payne, Sonny Payne and Butch Miles. I've always enjoyed listening to Duffy drive a big band but these following a clips are a beautiful testament to his overall musicality and a real lesson for all of us:

Compare those with these following clips, showing Duffy in action DRIVING the Count Basie Big Band and showing NO mercy !!!

Incidentally, Duffy's father, the late Chubby Jackson, was a great bassist who played with the Woody Herman Big Band back in the late 1940s and played with the little known (and favorite of mine), the great Tiny Kahn on drums. Apparently, (according to several jazz scholars and Terry Gibbs!) Tiny Kahn was the real composer of the bebop standard "Donna Lee" (not Bird or even Miles, as some have conjectured).

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