Monday, February 27, 2012

"For Klook" - Documentary

This one has been making the rounds lately and I'm glad it is! Kenny Clarke has long been one of my favorite drummers. His swinging cymbal beat has literally paved the way for all of us.

Here is a short documentary and tribute to the great Kenny Clarke featuring narration by Mike Hennessey (also the author of the great biography "Klook: The Story of Kenny Clarke") and some concert footage of the Paris Reunion Band featuring some fine playing from Nathan Davis, Johnny Griffin, Woody Shaw and Billy Brooks on drums:

The whole thing is very interesting and a nice tribute to Klook but for me the highlights come at 7:20 where Kenny can be seen playing with an organ trio featuring Jimmy Gourley on guitar and at 28:15 where Clarke is featured in some drum solo trading with Bud Powell and saxophonist Barney Wilen. Bad ass!

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