[Dixielandjazz] Drums [was: What did L. Armstrong play?]

David W. Littlefield dwlit at cpcug.org
Thu Feb 27 13:53:32 PST 2003

At 04:41 PM 2/27/2003 +0000, Bill Gunter wrote:
>Hi Dave and listmates,
>>Who needs a drummer--Turk Murphy made many fine OKOM records sans drummer,
>>and the performance I saw live didn't have a drummer, just occasional
>>washboard played by Turk, and Chinese tom by the banjo player.
>There was a period of time when John Gill played with the band when a small 
>drum kit was in evidence. John played banjo but occasionally would go to the 
>traps and play a tasteful drum part.

This was about 1979. I was being driven nuts by my drummer of the time, so
I remember the drumless rhythm very well...

>As I recall, the drum kit consisted of a snare, a high-hat and a splash 
>cymbal. Possibly there was a small tom but I'm not sure. And there was 
>certainly no kick drum or ride cymbal in the mix.

That's a drum kit I could enjoy! 

I really like Pam Pameier's (sp?) work on his 2 Jazz Wizards Louis
Armstrong Stomp Off CDs. 


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