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Monday, November 2, 2015

Drum Magic - George Jenkins

Drum Magic
George Jenkins And His All Stars
Tampa Records TP-29

Artwork - Johnny Miller
Photography - Dave Pell
Model - Shelby Benson

Online sources date this album release as 1955. However, "1956" is mentioned in the album notes.

Digital files are available online so I will not be posting a sample. "Alternative tracks" are also available from this set.

Something I didn't know was that Dave Pell "one of the founding fathers of West Coast jazz" was also a photographer who documented the jazz scene, earning extra cash as he produced cover art to include the cover on this album.

From the back cover: The first album released by George Jenkins entitled "Drum Stuff" created quite a splash wise and was accepted as well with those disc jockeys who specialize in jazz. It was nice to know that George was remembered more than I thought possible. Fans who knew him from the days when he worked with Lionel Hampton were glad to hear that he had recorded again and that there was an album available. Then too, George had a singe entitled "Last Call" and "Caravan" that sold well during the first quarter of 1956. George Jenkins has that particular knack of knowing just what beat to lay down for any type of rhythm needed. This seems to be a sense that is lacking in some drummers. You don't have to write anything for George. He hears it before he looks at the notes.

Bar-B-Que Port Side
It Had To Be You
G.J.'s Drums
Air Mail Special

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