||Burt Korall's survey of 20th-century bebop jazz drummers covers both well-known and slightly more obscure figures among the annals of timekeeping. From Lou Fromm, whose career was destroyed by heroin, and Billy Exiner, who, though he never fully made the transition from dance band music to the faster, more rhythmically complex style of bebop, made a masterful contribution to Claude Thornhill's innovative band, to better known figures such as Stan Levey and Max Roach, the latter of whom pioneered the classic bebop style of drumming, Korall provides invaluable background information on the playing methods, approaches to music, and influences of a wide variety of drummers. Divided in to categories like "Visionaries," "Transitional Figures," and "Innovators," Korall's idiosyncratic list of influential percussionists is of necessity not completely comprehensive; however, DRUMMIN' MEN is a treasure trove of obscure careers unearthed, helpful advice from drumming giants, and informed comment from the author himself.
||Burt Korall is widely recognized as the most authoritative writer on jazz drumming. His first book Drummin' Men--The Heartbeat of Jazz: The Swing Era is considered a classic. Now, in this exciting sequel, Korall offers a richly informative history of drumming in the Bebop era. Korall looks at this music through the eyes of the musicians themselves, covering a whole range of important jazz drummers, but focusing upon the most original and significant--principally Kenny Clarke, Max Roach, and Art Blakey. Korall provides a knowledgeable background about the history of bebop--and the unfortunate and almost universal heroin addiction that swept through the jazz world in the wake of Charlie Parker's habit. The book contains Korall's own memoir of nearly 50 years in the jazz world, linked by his narrative of the careers of these drummers and their place in the bebop jazz scene.