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5.0 out of 5 stars A SUPERB TIMEKEEPER
This 2-CD set comprises all but three numbers from five former 10" LPs, all dating from the fifties. Chronologically, it starts in February 1952, with "The Just Jazz All Stars featuring Louis Bellson", which portmanteau title covers a wealth of talent. At the time, Louis was part of Ellington's orchestra, as were most of the other eight All Stars. The numbers chosen for...
Published on 9 Sept. 2012 by Barry McCanna

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok but
good collection off cd's but i dont think personally 5 star The whole collection needs a couple off spins to appreciate the volume off work here
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SUPERB TIMEKEEPER, 9 Sept. 2012
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Barry McCanna (Normandy, France) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Four Classic Albums Plus (Just Jazz All Stars / Concerto For Drums / At The Flamingo / The Hawk Talks) (Audio CD)
This 2-CD set comprises all but three numbers from five former 10" LPs, all dating from the fifties. Chronologically, it starts in February 1952, with "The Just Jazz All Stars featuring Louis Bellson", which portmanteau title covers a wealth of talent. At the time, Louis was part of Ellington's orchestra, as were most of the other eight All Stars. The numbers chosen for recording included three tunes from the Duke's repertoire, as well as a showcase for the drummer. Charlie Shavers and Zoot Sims formed the front line for the June 1954 quintet recording of "Concerto for Drums". The title number is a six minute solo, in which Louis proves his ability to sustain both the tension and the listener's interest. By way of contrast, the set includes three ballads from the Great American Songbook, and concludes with a number first introduced by another drummer, namely Chick Webb.

"The Hawk Talks" was recorded in February 1955, and most of the numbers were Bellson compositions, shared between two groups. The first four numbers are played by a quintet, which included Charlie Shavers, the following three by a combination of flute, bass clarinet, piano, bass, and drums, augmented by seven percussionists. The title track refers to Louis' erstwhile boss, Harry James, and another track is a bow to Count Basie, which features the piano of Lou Stein. "Louis Bellson at the Flamingo" was recorded in November 1957, following the engagement of a quartet (comprising Bellson plus Harry Edison on trumpet, Don Abney on piano, and Charles "Truck" Parham on bass) at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. Finally, the five tracks selected from "Drummer's Holiday" were recorded variously in February and May 1956, and January 1958, Charlie Shavers being the common factor.

Louis Bellson was a dynamic drummer, who could calibrate his performance from the powerhouse percussion on display in "Sticks" and "Concerto for Drums" to the subtle accompaniment in evidence in the ballads. These albums are far from common in their original form, and with the quality of the remastered sound this has got to be a real bargain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets, 24 Dec. 2012
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David Hutchins (Sevenoaks, Kent. UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Four Classic Albums Plus (Just Jazz All Stars / Concerto For Drums / At The Flamingo / The Hawk Talks) (Audio CD)
Excellent value. Great albums for all those older jazz fans who love the best of small band swing from the past. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Louis as his best, 15 Jan. 2014
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A brilliant selection of albums to demonstrate Louis's talent with a range of jazz greats. His talent shines through on all the tracks.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok but, 21 July 2013
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good collection off cd's but i dont think personally 5 star The whole collection needs a couple off spins to appreciate the volume off work here
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