One of the biggest legends in drumming died a few days ago, Louie Bellson. Louie was one of the most incredible jazz drummers ever and gave Buddy Rich a run for his money on many occasions.
First double bass drum
Among may of the things Louie was known for was being the first guy to play two bass drums. Even today not many jazz cats do that.
I had the pleasure of seeing Louie play live several times and I have yet to see another musician on stage who enjoyed what he was doing more than him. Louie was well known for being a very nice gentleman, unlike the reputation that Buddy Rich had.
Louie, I’ll miss you man. Cheers to you. I’m sure you’re playing drums in drum heaven and still have that great smile on your face.