Louis Bellson was the last major drum star to emerge in the swing era. About the age of the leaders of the bebop movement, Bellson never became a bop player. But his extraordinary time sense and all-around musicianship brought him the admiration of the new generation of musicians, and his bands almost always included players who were nurtured in the bop tradition. One of his finest groups had trumpeter Blue Mitchell, tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb, and pianist Ross Tompkins. Louie Bellson Jam is a wonderful example of the empathy among them. It is also a reminder of what a loss jazz suffered when Mitchell died less than a year after this date.
Melody for Thelma, Stein on Vine, Shave Tail, Gonga Din, I Wonder Why, Ballad Medley (All the Way Home/Time to Ride a Moonbeam/Bye Bye to All Birds), Blue Invasion, A Gush of Periwinkles
with Pete Christlieb, Ross Tompkins, Gary Pratt, Bob Bain, Emil Richards