A Drum Is a Woman

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
In 1956, Duke Ellington's show A Drum Is a Woman was broadcast on television. Although utilizing the Ellington orchestra, the emphasis was on a somewhat abstract and bizarre story line involving characters named Madame Zajj and Carribee Joe. Zajj, who is born as Joe's drum, travels the world and becomes famous but still dreams of Carribee Joe, who preferred to remain in the jungle. Forty years after the Ellington telecast, French bandleader Claude Bolling revived the story for a show and this recording. Jeffery Smith is the narrator at times sounding a bit like Duke Ellington, and he shares the vocals with Laika and Francine Romain while joined by the Claude Bolling ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
In 1956, Duke Ellington's show A Drum Is a Woman was broadcast on television. Although utilizing the Ellington orchestra, the emphasis was on a somewhat abstract and bizarre story line involving characters named Madame Zajj and Carribee Joe. Zajj, who is born as Joe's drum, travels the world and becomes famous but still dreams of Carribee Joe, who preferred to remain in the jungle. Forty years after the Ellington telecast, French bandleader Claude Bolling revived the story for a show and this recording. Jeffery Smith is the narrator at times sounding a bit like Duke Ellington, and he shares the vocals with Laika and Francine Romain while joined by the Claude Bolling Orchestra. The revival performance is well done, but the original story is so odd that the results are just a historical curiosity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2005
  • Label: Fremeaux & Assoc. Fr
  • EAN: 3448960247627
  • Catalog Number: 476

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Drum Is a Woman - Claude Bolling Big Band (4:05)
  2. 2 Rhythm Pum the Dum - Claude Bolling Big Band (3:50)
  3. 3 What Else Can You Do With a Drum - Claude Bolling Big Band (1:59)
  4. 4 New Orleans - Claude Bolling Big Band (2:39)
  5. 5 Hey, Buddy Bolden - Claude Bolling Big Band (6:04)
  6. 6 Carribee Joe - Claude Bolling Big Band (3:47)
  7. 7 Congo Square - Claude Bolling Big Band (6:50)
  8. 8 A Drum Is a Woman, Pt. 2 - Claude Bolling Big Band (3:05)
  9. 9 You Better Know It - Claude Bolling Big Band (2:54)
  10. 10 Madam Zaji - Claude Bolling Big Band (4:48)
  11. 11 Ballet of the Flyin' Saucers - Claude Bolling Big Band (5:26)
  12. 12 Zaji's Dream - Claude Bolling Big Band (3:29)
  13. 13 Rhumbop - Claude Bolling Big Band (2:13)
  14. 14 Carribee Joe, Pt. 2 - Claude Bolling Big Band (3:57)
  15. 15 Final - Claude Bolling Big Band (1:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Claude Bolling Primary Artist, Piano, Conductor
Manu Dibango Narrator
Claude Tissendier Clarinet, Reeds, Alto Saxophone
Guy Bodet Trumpet
Jean-Paul Charlap Guitar
Vincent Cordelette Drums, Timpani
Michael Delakian Trumpet
Jean Eteve Reeds, Baritone Saxophone
Christian Martinez Trumpet
Philippe Portejoie Reeds, Alto Saxophone
Pierre Schirrer Reeds, Tenor Saxophone
Benny Vasseur Trombone
Émile Vilain Trombone
Jean-Christophe Vilain Trombone
Laika Vocals
Jeffery Smith Vocals, Narrator
Michel Bonnet Trumpet
Damien Verherve Trombone
Romain Mayoral Reeds, Tenor Saxophone
Pierre Maingaourd Bass
Pierre-Michel "Bago" Balthazar Bongos, Conga, Djembe
Technical Credits
Claude Bolling Producer
Duke Ellington Composer
Pierre Jacquot Sound Effects, Engineer
Sandrine Brichet Art Direction
Frank Ténot Author
Wilfrid Harpaillé Mastering
Samy Matar Art Direction
Jerome Savary Director, Liner Notes, Author
Peri Bandazian translation, Liner Note Translation
Alvin Hankerson Composer
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