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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Bobby Durham R.I.P

Another one bites the dust. I never heard Bobby Durham live at least I don't think I did. Oscar Peterson played Newcastle City Hall many times sometimes with and sometimes without a drummer. When it was with, he usually used Ed Thigpen. However, Bobby Durham was well represented on record with Oscar and featured on many of the tracks on what was perhaps his finest group of recordings - the ones he called "Exclusively for My Friends."
Bobby Durham played on the track "Waltzing is Hip"; the first jazz waltz I ever heard that really swung and it was Bobby Durham's drumming that provided the impetus for Peterson's virtuoso performance.
A single paragraph in Down Beat announced that Bobby Durham died in Genoa from lung cancer on 7 July 2008 aged 71.
He deserved more.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Well Lance, in your own caring way, you have provided a personal tribute to someone who obviously was a great musician.

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