Black & White; New York, July 1, 1944: Mezz Mezzrow-cl/Gene Schroeder-p/George Wettling-d.
Here’s Mezz Mezzrow, one of the co-authors of the above book, on clarinet. Like Pee Wee Russell, he also started off playing the sax. Somehow I get the feeling that Mezz was more of an “ideas” guy, or a scenester, rather than a sought-after session player or band leader. I’ll have to read more about him after I finish this book.
George Wettling’s signature drum rolls may sound easy, or rudimentary, but don’t let him fool you–those are hard to play and maintain for that length of time, especially with those consistant and solid rim shots thrown in.
Be sure to visit the link to read more about Mezz: Redhotjazz.com