The Engine Room: A History of Jazz Drumming from Storyville to 52nd Street

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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
The Proper label continues its stellar jazz box-set series with this mammoth four-disc survey of drummers from early jazz to bebop. Featuring a lavish booklet, detailed sessionographies, and extensive notes, Engine Room: A History of Jazz Drumming From Storyville to 52nd Street is perfect for jazz fans who often look right past blowing frontmen to check out how the player behind the kit is trading those fours. And the examples are endless, what with 96 tracks and the likes of such early percussion greats as Baby Dodds and Big Sid Catlett sharing the stage with modern giants Art Blakey and Max Roach. Both the famous Gene Krupa and obscure Sam "Baby" Lovett are given ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
The Proper label continues its stellar jazz box-set series with this mammoth four-disc survey of drummers from early jazz to bebop. Featuring a lavish booklet, detailed sessionographies, and extensive notes, Engine Room: A History of Jazz Drumming From Storyville to 52nd Street is perfect for jazz fans who often look right past blowing frontmen to check out how the player behind the kit is trading those fours. And the examples are endless, what with 96 tracks and the likes of such early percussion greats as Baby Dodds and Big Sid Catlett sharing the stage with modern giants Art Blakey and Max Roach. Both the famous Gene Krupa and obscure Sam "Baby" Lovett are given exposure, as the key outfits of early jazz King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, swing Earl Hines & His Orchestra, and bop Charlie Parker's All Stars are heard to fine effect. The only question is: When's the next box due so listeners can hear the rest of this vital musical story?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/1999
  • Label: Proper Box Uk
  • UPC: 604988990225
  • Catalog Number: 2


Disc 1
  1. 1 Dixie Jass Band One-Step - Original Dixieland Jazz Band (2:40)
  2. 2 Canal Street Blues - King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band (2:27)
  3. 3 New Orleans Wiggle - Piron's New Orleans Orchestra (3:01)
  4. 4 Black Bottom Stomp - Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers (3:11)
  5. 5 Wolverine Blues - Jelly Roll Morton (3:19)
  6. 6 At the Jazz Band Ball - Bix Beiderbecke & His Gang (2:52)
  7. 7 Memphis Blues - Ben Pollack & His Orchestra (3:10)
  8. 8 China Boy @@McKenzie And Condon's Chicagoans (2:46)
  9. 9 Clarinetitis - Benny Goodman (2:26)
  10. 10 Bone Yard Shuffle - Red Nichols & His Five Pennies (3:03)
  11. 11 She's Crying for Me - Wynn's Creole Jazz Band (2:37)
  12. 12 Smilin' the Blues Away - Jelly Roll Morton Trio (2:57)
  13. 13 Panama - Luis Russell & His Orchestra (3:20)
  14. 14 'Way Down Yonder in New Orleans - Jimmie Noone (2:58)
  15. 15 Weary Blues - Tommy Ladnier & His Orchestra (3:01)
  16. 16 Nobody's Sweetheart - Eddie Condon & His Band (3:21)
  17. 17 Dear Old Southland - Sidney Bechet (3:56)
  18. 18 King Porter Stomp - Zutty Singleton (2:34)
  19. 19 Copenhagen - Bud Freeman (2:49)
  20. 20 The Sheik of Araby - Eddie Condon (2:59)
  21. 21 Muskrat Ramble @@Eddie Miller Orchestra (2:59)
  22. 22 Blame It on the Blues (Quincy Street Stomp) - Bechet-Nicholas Blue Five (2:51)
  23. 23 Buddy Bolden Blues @@Baby Dodds Trio (3:15)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Nobody's Sweetheart - Benny Goodman & His Trio (2:46)
  2. 2 Dicky Wells Blues - Dicky Wells (3:20)
  3. 3 Let's Swing It - Louis Prima (2:40)
  4. 4 Crazy Rhythm - Coleman Hawkins & His All Star Jam Band (3:01)
  5. 5 Down Home Jump - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra (3:16)
  6. 6 Jim Jam Stomp @@Joe Marsala's Chicagoans (2:45)
  7. 7 Looney - Al Cooper & His Savoy Sultans (3:11)
  8. 8 Shivers - Benny Goodman Sextet (2:51)
  9. 9 Shufflin' at the Hollywood - Lionel Hampton (3:06)
  10. 10 Hootie's Ignorant Oil - Jay McShann & His Orchestra (2:42)
  11. 11 Linger Awhile - Big Sid Catlett (3:25)
  12. 12 Front and Center - John Kirby Sextet (2:54)
  13. 13 I May Be Wrong @@Pete Brown's All Star Quintet (4:00)
  14. 14 Destination K.C. - Kansas City Seven (3:48)
  15. 15 Too Marvelous for Words - George Wettling's New Yorkers (3:09)
  16. 16 Seven Come Eleven @@Red Norvo All Star Sextet (4:05)
  17. 17 A Bunch of Rhythm - Horace Henderson & His Orchestra (2:54)
  18. 18 Behind the Eight Bar - Trummy Young (2:55)
  19. 19 Gotta Gimme What You Got - Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends (2:49)
  20. 20 I Want to Go Where You Go - Benny Goodman Sextet (2:39)
  21. 21 Jonah's Wail - Jonah Jones (3:05)
  22. 22 Airiness a la Nat - Keynoters (2:34)
  23. 23 Boogie Woogie Barbecue - Tiny Grimes Quintet (3:02)
  24. 24 I Want to Be Happy - Lester Young (3:59)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Put It There (Shag Nasty) - McKinney's Cotton Pickers (2:36)
  2. 2 Down South Camp Meeting - Fletcher Henderson (2:58)
  3. 3 Walkin' & Swingin' - Andy Kirk & His Clouds of Joy (2:40)
  4. 4 Jivin' the Jeep @@Red Norvo's Blackhawk Orchestra (3:07)
  5. 5 Sing, Sing, Sing - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (6:32)
  6. 6 Lisa - Chick Webb & His Orchestra (2:46)
  7. 7 Wolverine Blues - Bob Crosby (2:56)
  8. 8 'Tain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It) - Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra (3:06)
  9. 9 Ratamacue - Cab Calloway & His Orchestra (3:03)
  10. 10 Wham (Re-Bop-Boom-Bam) @@Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra (2:59)
  11. 11 Tickle-Toe - Count Basie (2:39)
  12. 12 Dameron Stomp - Harlan Leonard (2:59)
  13. 13 Pound Ridge - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (2:59)
  14. 14 Up Jumped the Devil - Earl Hines & His Orchestra (2:46)
  15. 15 Jumpin' Punkins - Duke Ellington (3:39)
  16. 16 Little John Special - Lucky Millinder (3:08)
  17. 17 The Good Earth - Woody Herman (2:32)
  18. 18 Moten Swing - Harry James & His Orchestra (6:22)
  19. 19 In the Middle @@George Auld & His Orchestra (3:12)
  20. 20 Quiet Riot - Buddy Rich & His Orchestra (3:27)
  21. 21 Our Delight - Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra (2:28)
  22. 22 Oo Bop Sh'bam - Billy Eckstine & His Orchestra (3:02)
  23. 23 How High the Moon - Stan Kenton & His Orchestra (2:30)
  24. 24 Four Brothers - Woody Herman (3:16)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Rifftide - Coleman Hawkins & His Orchestra (2:55)
  2. 2 Congo Blues - Red Norvo & His Selected Sextet (3:52)
  3. 3 Get Happy - Red Norvo & His Selected Sextet (3:44)
  4. 4 Moose the Mooche - Charlie Parker (3:04)
  5. 5 Commercial Eyes - Dodo Marmarosa (2:38)
  6. 6 Lester's Be-Bop Boogie - Lester Young (3:10)
  7. 7 Easy Swing - Wardell Gray (3:06)
  8. 8 Relaxin' at Camarillo - Charlie Parker (3:07)
  9. 9 The Chase - Dexter Gordon Quintet (6:49)
  10. 10 All God's Chillun Got Rhythm @@Red Rodney's Be-Boppers (2:49)
  11. 11 Klact-Oveeseds-Tene - Charlie Parker Quintet (3:07)
  12. 12 Lop-Pow @@Babs' Three Bips And A Bop (2:42)
  13. 13 Dextrose - Dexter Gordon (2:46)
  14. 14 Wee Dot @@Leo Parker's All Stars (2:26)
  15. 15 Jumpin' at the Woodside - Lester Young (2:58)
  16. 16 The Bird - Charlie Parker Quintet (4:47)
  17. 17 The Last Word - Howard McGhee (2:22)
  18. 18 Dinky @@Leo Parker's Quintette (2:24)
  19. 19 Lady Bird - Tadd Dameron Sextet (2:52)
  20. 20 More Brew - Brew Moore (2:59)
  21. 21 Pina Colada - Charlie Ventura (2:54)
  22. 22 Oh Henry - James Moody (2:31)
  23. 23 Shawn - Buddy Stewart (2:33)
  24. 24 Bop Alley @@Art Blakey's Messengers (3:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
June Christy Vocals
LaVern Baker Bass
Bill Doggett Piano
Joe Albany Piano
Henry "Red" Allen Trumpet
Laurindo Almeida Guitar
Gene Ammons Tenor Saxophone
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Paul Barbarin Drums
Danny Barker Guitar
Count Basie Piano
Billy Bauer Guitar
Louie Bellson Drums
Chu Berry Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Bert Trombone
Conte Candoli Trumpet
Al Casey Guitar
Serge Chaloff Baritone Saxophone
Buddy Childers Trumpet
Charlie Christian Guitar
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Eddie Condon Banjo, Guitar
Bob Cooper Tenor Saxophone
Tadd Dameron Piano, Vocals
Miles Davis Trumpet
Johnny Dodds Clarinet
Kenny Dorham Trumpet
Allen Eager Tenor Saxophone
Billy Eckstine Valve Trombone
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Bud Freeman Tenor Saxophone
Erroll Garner Piano
Stan Getz Tenor Saxophone
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet
Babs Gonzales Vocals
Benny Goodman Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Dexter Gordon Tenor Saxophone
Stéphane Grappelli Piano
Wardell Gray Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Green Guitar, Piano
Tiny Grimes Guitar
Bobby Hackett Trumpet
Al Haig Piano
Chico Hamilton Drums
Lionel Hampton Track Performer
Bill Harris Trombone
Ernie Henry Alto Saxophone
Woody Herman Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Earl Hines Piano
Art Hodes Piano
Johnny Hodges Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Franz Jackson Tenor Saxophone
Milt Jackson Piano
Hank Jones Piano
Jo Jones Drums
Jonah Jones Trumpet
Duke Jordan Piano
Louis Jordan Alto Saxophone
Max Kaminsky Trumpet
Stan Kenton Piano
Barney Kessel Guitar
Keynoters Track Performer
John Kirby Bass
Gene Krupa Drums
Eddie Lang Guitar
Yank Lawson Trumpet
Julia Lee Piano, Vocals
Shelly Manne Drums
McKinney's Cotton Pickers Track Performer
Jay McShann Piano
James Moody Tenor Saxophone
Brew Moore Tenor Saxophone
Jelly Roll Morton Piano
Fats Navarro Trumpet
Joe Newman Trumpet
Albert Nicholas Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Red Norvo Vibes
King Oliver Cornet
Kid Ory Trombone
Leo Parker Baritone Saxophone
Lucky Thompson Track Performer
Red Nichols Cornet
Lester Young Track Performer
Tony Aless Piano
Danny Alvin Drums
Irving Ashby Guitar
Shorty Baker Trumpet
Dave Barbour Guitar
Ray Bauduc Drums
Sonny Berman Trumpet
Peter Bocage Trumpet
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Pete Brown Alto Saxophone
Dave Burns Trumpet
Joe Bushkin Piano
Billy Butterfield Trumpet
Pete Candoli Trumpet
Herman Chittison Piano
Cozy Cole Drums
Hank D'Amico Clarinet
Eddie Edwards Trombone
Ziggy Elman Trumpet
Don Ewell Piano
Linton Garner Piano
Tyree Glenn Trombone
Brad Gowans Valve Trombone
Johnny Guarnieri Piano
Bob Haggart Bass
Ken Hanna Trumpet
Neal Hefti Trumpet
Horace Henderson Piano
Chubby Jackson Bass
Buddy Johnson Guitar, Tenor Saxophone
Taft Jordan Trumpet
George Kelly Piano
Harlan Leonard Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Stan Levey Drums
Wingy Manone Trumpet
Joe Marsala Clarinet
Matty Matlock Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Jimmy McPartland Cornet
Miff Mole Trombone
Benny Morton Trombone
Vido Musso Tenor Saxophone
Sy Oliver Trumpet
Jimmie Noone Clarinet
Al Cooper Bass, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Don Lamond Drums
Original Dixieland Jazz Band Track Performer
Walter Brown Vocals
Mike Bryan Guitar
Howard McGhee Trumpet
George Davis Saxophone
Jackie Cain Vocals
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Ken Kersey Piano
Teddy Bunn Guitar
John Hardee Tenor Saxophone
Percy Heath Bass
Israel Crosby Bass
Jimmy Blanton Bass
Sonny Greer Drums
Walter Page Bass
Tommy Ladnier Trumpet
Edward Johnson Trumpet
Alix Combelle Tenor Saxophone
Manny Albam Baritone Saxophone
Ray Abrams Tenor Saxophone
Bernard Addison Guitar
Al Cohn Tenor Saxophone
Moses Allen Bass
Sam Allen Piano
Louis Armstrong Cornet
Georgie Auld Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Baby Dodds Drums
Taswell Baird Trombone
Red Ballard Trombone
Mario Bauzá Trumpet
Bill Beason Drums
Sidney Bechet Bass, Clarinet
Bix Beiderbecke Cornet
Tommy Benford Drums
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone
Carl Berg Trumpet
George Berg Tenor Saxophone
Artie Bernstein Bass
Vic Berton Drums
Denzil Best Drums
Harry Betts Trombone
Barney Bigard Clarinet
Larry Binyon Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Walter Bishop Sr. Piano
Art Blakey Drums
Lester Boone Bass, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Russell Bowles Trombone
Nelson Boyd Bass
Floyd Brady Trombone
Vic Breidis Piano
Joe Britton Trombone
Ray Brown Bass
Jimmy Bunn Piano
Alvin Burroughs Drums
Garvin Bushell Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Ernie Caceres Bass
Red Callender Bass
Wayman Carver Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Scoops Carey Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Harry Carney Clarinet, Bass Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Roger Chaput Guitar
Doc Cheatham Trumpet
Pete Clark Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone
Nat King Cole Piano
Booker Collins Bass
Shad Collins Trumpet
Leon Comegys Trombone
Jimmy Crawford Drums
Elmer Crumbley Trombone
Langston Curl Trumpet
Cutty Cutshall Trombone
Talib Dawud Trumpet
Vic Dickenson Trombone
George Dixon Trumpet, Alto Saxophone
Ted Donnelly Trombone
Jimmy Dorsey Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Hobart Dotson Trumpet
Duke Ellington Piano
Honore Dutrey Trombone
Andre Ekyan Alto Saxophone
Nick Fatool Drums
Norman Faye Trumpet
Morey Feld Drums
Nick Fenton Bass
Kansas Fields Drums
Stan Fishelson Trumpet
Fletcher Henderson Piano
Pops Foster Bass
Panama Francis Drums
Lou Fromm Drums
Tommy Fulford Piano
Walter Fuller Trumpet
Chuck Gentry Baritone Saxophone
Karl George Trumpet
Bob Gioga Baritone Saxophone
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Harry Goodman Bass
Bennie Green Trombone
Gordon Griffin Trumpet
Fred Guy Guitar
William K. "Billy" Hadnott Bass
Al Hall Bass
Tubby Hall Drums
Lil Hardin Piano
John Harrington Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Benny Harris Trumpet
Clyde Hart Piano
Herbie Haymer Tenor Saxophone
Roy Haynes Drums
J.C. Heard Drums, Vocals
J.C. Higginbotham Trombone
Milt Hinton Bass
Charlie Holmes Alto Saxophone
George Hunt Trombone
Bill Hyland Trumpet
George Irish Tenor Saxophone
Preston Jackson Trombone
Hilton Jefferson Alto Saxophone
Pat Jenkins Trumpet
Gus Johnson Drums
Jimmy Johnson Bass
Keg Johnson Trombone
Manzie Johnson Drums
Otis Johnson Trumpet
Walter Johnson Drums
Claude Jones Trombone
Musa Kaleem Tenor Saxophone
Guy Kelly Trumpet
Al Killian Trumpet
King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Track Performer
George Koenig Alto Saxophone
King Kolax Trumpet
Roy Kral Piano, Vocals
Nappy Lamare Guitar
Harry Lawson Trumpet
John Lindsay Bass, Trombone
Clyde Lombardi Bass
Lawrence Lucie Guitar
Warren Luckey Tenor Saxophone
John Lynch Trumpet
Johnny Mandel Trombone
Dodo Marmarosa Piano
Art Mardigan Drums
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz Trumpet
Sam Marowitz Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Skip Martin Alto Saxophone
George Matthews Trombone
Jimmy Maxwell Trumpet
Shorty McConnell Trumpet
Murray McEachern Trombone
Joe McLewis Trombone
Teddy McRae Tenor Saxophone
Punch Miller Cornet
Glenn Miller Trombone
Eddie Miller Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Dan Minor Trombone
Alex Mitchell Drums
Pete Mondello Tenor Saxophone
Thelonious Monk Piano
Al Moore Trombone
Chauncey Morehouse Drums
Marlowe Morris Piano
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton Trombone
Clyde Newcombe Bass
George Oldham Alto Saxophone
Chips Outcalt Trombone
Truck Parham Bass
Charlie Parker Alto Saxophone
Tom Morgan Guitar
Dicky Wells Track Performer
Alvin Davis Trumpet
Jackie Mills Drums
Ralph Escudero Tuba
Al Harris Cornet
Al Lucas Bass
Garry McAdams Guitar
Alex "Razz" Mitchell Drums
Irwin Berken Trumpet
Howard Bowe Trombone
Ted Briscoe Bass
Edward Mihelich Bass
Clint Neagley Alto Saxophone
Adele Girard Harp
Elmer James Bass
Cuba Austin Drums
Ray Biondi Violin
Bob Conselman Drums
Corky Corcoran Tenor Saxophone
John d'Agostino Trombone
Arv Garrison Guitar
Gideon Honore Piano
Sonny Igoe Drums
Will Johnson Organ, Banjo, Guitar
Ed Kiefer Trombone
Charlie Lamphere Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Liss Piano
Marty Marsala Trumpet
Al Mastren Trombone
John Nesbitt Trumpet
Grachan Moncur II Bass
Andrew Brown Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bill Johnson Banjo
Reverend Charlie Jackson Banjo
Chico Alvarez Trumpet
Pee Wee Moore Baritone Saxophone
Harry Forbes Trombone
Joe Kearns Alto Saxophone
Remo Palmieri Guitar
Ed Lewis Trumpet
Otto Hardwick Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone
Hayden Causey Guitar
Edward Fant Trombone
Walter Knox Trombone
Fred Lacey Guitar
Bitsy Mullens Trumpet
Spencer Odun Piano
Don Murray Clarinet
Trevor Bacon Guitar
Vic Hamann Trombone
Vic McMillan Bass
Nelson Bryant Trumpet
Eddie Dell Drums
Tony Nichols Piano
Howard E. Johnson Alto Saxophone
Leonard Hawkins Trumpet
Henry Bridges Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Darwin Jones Alto Saxophone
Irv Lewis Trumpet
George Mitchell Cornet
Sid Brown Baritone Saxophone
John Cobbs Alto Saxophone
Sam Hyster Trombone
Chauncey Houghton Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Stewart Bruner Saxophone
Billy Bowen Alto Saxophone
Robert "Sax" Crowder Tenor Saxophone
Baby Lovett Drums
Paul King Trumpet
John Brown Alto Saxophone
Ken Clarke Drums
Kansas City Seven Track Performer
Tommy Enoch Trumpet
Lucky Enois Guitar
Eugene D. Hellemes Bass
Piron's New Orleans Orchestra Track Performer
Wynn's Creole Jazz Band Track Performer
John Jackson Alto Saxophone
Leroy Harris Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Dick Morgan Banjo
Jack Le Maire Piano, Vocals
Lucille Dixon Bass
Jim Lannigan Bass
Charles Bocage Banjo
Harold Moe Trumpet
James Campbell Trumpet
Louis Oles Trumpet
Richmond Henderson Trombone
Sam Massenberg Trumpet
Technical Credits
Count Basie Composer
Tadd Dameron Arranger
Gil Fuller Composer
Jimmy Giuffre Arranger, Composer
Benny Goodman Composer
Lionel Hampton Composer
Ernie Henry Composer
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
Kid Ory Composer
Lucky Thompson Composer
Lester Young Composer
Eddie Edwards Composer
Andy Gibson Arranger
Neal Hefti Arranger, Composer
Deane Kincaide Arranger
Nick LaRocca Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Jimmy Mundy Arranger
Sy Oliver Arranger
Todd Rhodes Composer
Original Dixieland Jazz Band Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Ken Kersey Composer
Benny Carter Arranger
Irving Caesar Composer
Henry Creamer Composer
Talib Dawud Composer
Duke Ellington Arranger
Fletcher Henderson Arranger, Composer
Nancy Hamilton Composer
Bill Hyland Arranger
Turner Layton Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
Henry W. Ragas Composer
Allan Reuss Composer
Tony Sbarbaro Composer
Larry Shields Composer
Turk VanLake Arranger
Harold "Doc" West Composer
Edgar Battle Arranger
Bob Conselman Composer
John Nesbitt Arranger
Ray Gilbert Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Morgan Lewis Composer
Benjamin Franklin Spikes Composer
John Spikes Composer
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