This all-star date was led by the drummer universally regarded as the dean, the daddy, the doyen, the main man. Jo Jones is the source of modern drumming. He was the man who imparted his celebrated ball-bearing smoothness to the All-American rhythm section that he inhabited with Count Basie, Walter Page, and Freddie Green. His way of playing drums led to rhythmic freedom not just for drummers but for the soloists who depended on them. He began his career in the late 1920s, but Jones’s drumming was never dated. His brush work, demonstrated here on "Sometimes I’m Happy," was the model for drummers for decades. Green joins Jones here, as do fellow Basie veterans Harry Edison, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, and Vic Dickenson. Roy Eldridge rounds out the brass section. Tommy Flanagan leads the nonpareil rhythm team.
with Harry "Sweets" Edison, Roy Eldridge, Vic Dickenson, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Tommy Flanagan, Freddie Greene, Sam Jones