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Stompin' At The Savoy (The Best Of)

Chick Webb

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Album Review

Diminutive fireball Chick Webb led the most explosive swing band of the '30s, and though the group was far too active to enter the studio as much as they deserved, it's easier to sum up their recordings with a single disc. (In fact, the completist Classics series needed only two volumes to sum up Webb's decade behind the drums of his own band.) ASV/Living Era's wrap-up, titled Stompin' at the Savoy, does justice to his legacy with nearly every prime side: "Harlem Congo," "Clap Hands! Here Comes Charlie," "Blue Minor," "Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away)," "Sing Me a Swing Song (And Let Me Dance)," and "A-Tisket, a-Tasket" (the latter was a breakout commercial hit for not only Webb but his girl singer, Ella Fitzgerald).

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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