Duke Ellington

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, page 72:

Every young drummer who ever saw Sonny Greer in his heyday was awed and inspired by his equipment, and the pros still talk about it. There were chimes, gongs, tympani, cymbals it seemed by the dozen, tom-toms, snare drums, and bass drums, enough to equip the whole percussion section of a symphony. It was not only ornamental, for he used to get some crazy effects. Greer was not the world's best reader of music, but he was the world's best percussionist reactor. When he heard a ping he responded with the most apropos pong. Any tune he was backing up had the benefit of rhythmic ornamentation …   more >>
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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 72. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429002037429 accessed: 5 July, 2022

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Duke Ellington
lyricist, performer, piantist, Composer […]
1899-1974

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Percussion
written by Priaulx Rainier
performed by Sonny Greer

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Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:00:37 +0100
Approved on Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:19:05 +0100