These performances trace the evolution of jazz drumming from two-beat to bebop and are a tribute to the drummer - the man who swings the band. From the earliest recording of Tony Sharbara demonstrating his revolutionary approach to accenting the weak beats (2 & 4) through to a fitting finale featuring Art Blakey in an octet, this set weaves in all the stylists and icons of the era. Drummers included are: Baby Dodds, Ben Pollack, Gene Krupa, Big Sid Catlett, Zutty Singleton, Cozy Cole, Buddy Rich, Jo Jones, Specs Powell, George Wettling, Sonny Payne, Louie Bellson, Ray Bauduc, Chick Webb, Mo Purtill, Cuba Austin, Sonny Greer, Panama Francis, Shadow Wilson, Kenny Clarke, Shelly Manne, Don Lamond and many more. 95 tracks, approximately five hours of music, 48 page fully illustrated booklet.
The CD Box Set is in great condition however there is minor scratches on two off the CD's cases and the corners off the Box Set box have minor wear and tear, the booklet is still with the Box Set as well.