Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Drummin' Man

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Drummin' Man

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Guillaume Nouaux Quintet

Drummin' Man

Jazzology JCD-359

Jerome Etcheberry (tp), Benoit de Flamensil (tb), Pierre Le Bot (p), Sebastien Girardot (b), Guillaume Nouaux (dr), France, September 2 & 3, 2003.

Drummin' Man/ Three Little Words/ Lu Lu's Back In Town/ Wire Brush Stomp/ Eeny Meeny Miney Mo/ Gene's Blues/ Stars Fell On Alabama/ Love Is Just Around The Corner/ Sing, Sing, Sing/ King Porter Stomp/ Poor Butterfly/ Jammin' The Blues/ Gene Krupa Connection. TT 51:00.

Recognizing that Gene Krupa was sui generis, I, as a Krupa enthusiast, generally look with askance upon recordings or performances designated as tributes to the great drummer. Yet, here is a 27-year old (at the time of the recording) French drummer, largely unknown to the American jazz scene, who shows incredible genius in recapturing musically the history and tradition of his idol.

It is clear from the performances included herein that Nouaux has listened to the music and studied the history of American jazz. From oldies like Three Little Words (mistakenly titled Third Little Words on the label) and Stars Fell on Alabama to Lester Young's 1944 Jammin' the Blues and Gene's Blues, taken from a 1955 Norman Granz session pairing Krupa and Buddy Rich, Nouaux, with his quintet, takes the listener back to the days of the original performances. …

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