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The Best of Chick Webb: Stompin' At the Savoy

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Album Review

Although Chick Webb gets top billing on this Lp, he is not present on five of the twelve selections; one features Ella Fitzgerald singing "My Melancholy Baby" with Teddy Wilson's Orchestra while trumpeter Taft Jordan (one of Webb's top sidemen) performs four songs with a small group that has Eddie Dougherty on drums. Webb's Orchestra spent most of its short career signed to Decca but the seven numbers from 1933-34 on this album do contain a fair number of gems including its theme "Let's Get Together," "On The Sunny Side Of The Street" (which features Jordan verbally imitating Louis Armstrong), "If Dreams Come True" and the original version of "Stompin' At The Savoy." Except for the Taft Jordan session, all of this music has since been reissued on CD.

Biography

Born: 10 February 1909 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s

Chick Webb represented the triumph of the human spirit in jazz and life. Hunchbacked, small in stature, almost a dwarf with a large face and broad shoulders, Webb fought off congenital tuberculosis of the spine in order to become one of the most competitive drummers and bandleaders of the big band era. Perched high upon a platform, he used custom-made pedals, goose-neck cymbal holders, a 28-inch bass drum and a wide variety of other percussion instruments to create thundering solos of a complexity...
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