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

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


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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?

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/1999
Label: Proper Box Uk
UPC: 0604988990225
catalogNumber: 2


Disc 1

  1. Dixie Jass Band One-Step
  2. Canal Street Blues
  3. New Orleans Wiggle
  4. Black Bottom Stomp
  5. Wolverine Blues
  6. At the Jazz Band Ball
  7. Memphis Blues
  8. China Boy @@McKenzie And Condon's Chicagoans
  9. Clarinetitis
  10. Bone Yard Shuffle
  11. She's Crying for Me
  12. Smilin' the Blues Away
  13. Panama
  14. 'Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
  15. Weary Blues
  16. Nobody's Sweetheart
  17. Dear Old Southland
  18. King Porter Stomp
  19. Copenhagen
  20. The Sheik of Araby
  21. Muskrat Ramble @@Eddie Miller Orchestra
  22. Blame It on the Blues (Quincy Street Stomp)
  23. Buddy Bolden Blues @@Baby Dodds Trio

Disc 2

  1. Nobody's Sweetheart
  2. Dicky Wells Blues
  3. Let's Swing It
  4. Crazy Rhythm
  5. Down Home Jump
  6. Jim Jam Stomp @@Joe Marsala's Chicagoans
  7. Looney
  8. Shivers
  9. Shufflin' at the Hollywood
  10. Hootie's Ignorant Oil
  11. Linger Awhile
  12. Front and Center
  13. I May Be Wrong @@Pete Brown's All Star Quintet
  14. Destination K.C.
  15. Too Marvelous for Words
  16. Seven Come Eleven @@Red Norvo All Star Sextet
  17. A Bunch of Rhythm
  18. Behind the Eight Bar
  19. Gotta Gimme What You Got
  20. I Want to Go Where You Go
  21. Jonah's Wail
  22. Airiness a la Nat
  23. Boogie Woogie Barbecue
  24. I Want to Be Happy

Disc 3

  1. Put It There (Shag Nasty)
  2. Down South Camp Meeting
  3. Walkin' & Swingin'
  4. Jivin' the Jeep @@Red Norvo's Blackhawk Orchestra
  5. Sing, Sing, Sing
  6. Lisa
  7. Wolverine Blues
  8. 'Tain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It)
  9. Ratamacue
  10. Wham (Re-Bop-Boom-Bam) @@Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra
  11. Tickle-Toe
  12. Dameron Stomp
  13. Pound Ridge
  14. Up Jumped the Devil
  15. Jumpin' Punkins
  16. Little John Special
  17. The Good Earth
  18. Moten Swing
  19. In the Middle @@George Auld & His Orchestra
  20. Quiet Riot
  21. Our Delight
  22. Oo Bop Sh'bam
  23. How High the Moon
  24. Four Brothers

Disc 4

  1. Rifftide
  2. Congo Blues
  3. Get Happy
  4. Moose the Mooche
  5. Commercial Eyes
  6. Lester's Be-Bop Boogie
  7. Easy Swing
  8. Relaxin' at Camarillo
  9. The Chase
  10. All God's Chillun Got Rhythm @@Red Rodney's Be-Boppers
  11. Klact-Oveeseds-Tene
  12. Lop-Pow @@Babs' Three Bips And A Bop
  13. Dextrose
  14. Wee Dot @@Leo Parker's All Stars
  15. Jumpin' at the Woodside
  16. The Bird
  17. The Last Word
  18. Dinky @@Leo Parker's Quintette
  19. Lady Bird
  20. More Brew
  21. Pina Colada
  22. Oh Henry
  23. Shawn
  24. Bop Alley @@Art Blakey's Messengers

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
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 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
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
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
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   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
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
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
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
Harris   Cornet
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
Mastren   Trombone
John Nesbitt   Trumpet
Grachan Moncur   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
Gus Kahn   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Allan Reuss   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Elmer Schoebel   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
Ernie Erdman   Composer
Billy Meyers   Composer

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