Bellson

Real Name:
Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni
Profile:
Italian-American jazz drummer, composer, arranger, bandleader, and jazz educator.
Born : 6 July 1924 in Rock Falls, Illinois, USA.
Died : 14 February 2009 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

He is credited with pioneering the use of two bass drums, a set-up he already used at the age of 15. He received the prestigious Jazz Masters Award from the US National Endowment of the Arts in 1994 and was made a “Living Legend” by the Kennedy Centre in 2007.
He was married to singer Pearl Bailey from November 1952 until her death in 1990.
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Albums

Louis Bellson - The Exciting Mr. Bellson (And His Big Band) album art Louis Bellson The Exciting Mr. Bellson (And His Big Band) (Album) Norgran Records France 1954 Sell This Version
Louis Bellson - The Hawk Talks album art Louis Bellson The Hawk Talks (Album) Norgran Records US 1956 Sell This Version
MGV-8016, MG V-8016 Louis Bellson - Concerto For Drums album art Louis Bellson Concerto For Drums(LP) Verve Records, Verve Records MGV-8016, MG V-8016 US 1957 Sell This Version
33C 9040 Louis Bellson - Drumorama! album art Louis Bellson Drumorama!(10", Album) Columbia 33C 9040 UK 1959 Sell This Version
Louis Bellson - The Louis Bellson Explosion album art Louis Bellson The Louis Bellson Explosion (Album) Pablo Records Canada 1975 Sell This Version
Louis Bellson - The Tatum Group Masterpieces Vol. 1 album art Art Tatum / Benny Carter / Louis Bellson Art Tatum / Benny Carter / Louis Bellson - The Tatum Group Masterpieces Vol. 1 (Album) Pablo Records Italy 1975 Sell This Version
Louis Bellson - Louie Bellson Jam album art Louie Bellson* Louie Bellson Jam (Album) Pablo Records Canada 1979 Sell This Version
Louis Bellson - The Drum Session album art Paul Humphrey, Shelly Manne, Willie Bobo, Louis Bellson Paul Humphrey, Shelly Manne, Willie Bobo, Louis Bellson - The Drum Session (Album) Inner City Records US 1979 Sell This Version
D2 72933 Louis Bellson - Intensive Care album art Bellson*, Brown*, Smith* Bellson*, Brown*, Smith* - Intensive Care(CD, Album, RE) Voss Records D2 72933 US 1988 Sell This Version
PACD-2310-703-2 Louis Bellson - Duke's Big 4 album art Duke Ellington, Joe Pass, Ray Brown, Louis Bellson Duke Ellington, Joe Pass, Ray Brown, Louis Bellson - Duke's Big 4(CD) Pablo Records PACD-2310-703-2 US 1988 Sell This Version
BIS-CD-382 Louis Bellson - Concerto For Jazz Drummer & Symphony Orchestra/Carmen Suite (The Carmen Ballet) album art Farberman*, Bizet* / Shchedrin* : Kroumata Percussion Ensemble / Bellson* / Farberman* Farberman*, Bizet* / Shchedrin* : Kroumata Percussion Ensemble / Bellson* / Farberman* - Concerto For Jazz Drummer & Symphony Orchestra/Carmen Suite (The Carmen Ballet)(CD, Album) BIS BIS-CD-382 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
OJCCD-825-2, 2310-899 Louis Bellson - Cool, Cool, Blue album art Louie Bellson* Cool, Cool, Blue(CD, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Pablo Records OJCCD-825-2, 2310-899 US 1994 Sell This Version
BIS-CD-232+382 Louis Bellson - Second Construction/Pulse/Sisu/Hiérophonie V/Concerto For Jazz Drummer & Symphony Orchestra/Carmen Suite (The Carmen Ballet) album art Cage*, Cowell*, Lundquist*, Taïra*, Farberman*, Bizet* / Shchedrin* : Kroumata Percussion Ensemble / Bellson* / Farberman* Cage*, Cowell*, Lundquist*, Taïra*, Farberman*, Bizet* / Shchedrin* : Kroumata Percussion Ensemble / Bellson* / Farberman* - Second Construction/Pulse/Sisu/Hiérophonie V/Concerto For Jazz Drummer & Symphony Orchestra/Carmen Suite (The Carmen Ballet)(2xCD, Album, RE) BIS BIS-CD-232+382 UK & Europe 1995 Sell This Version
GLP 3538 Louis Bellson - The Tatum-Carter-Bellson Trio album art Tatum*, Carter*, Bellson* Tatum*, Carter*, Bellson* - The Tatum-Carter-Bellson Trio(LP, Album, Mono) Blue Star, Clef Records GLP 3538 France Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

EP N-23 Louis Bellson - The Exciting Mr. Bellson And His Big Band album art Louis Bellson The Exciting Mr. Bellson And His Big Band(7", EP) Norgran Records EP N-23 US 1954 Sell This Version
Louis Bellson - Drumology  album art Buddy* ... Lou* ... Hamp* ... Zutty* Buddy* ... Lou* ... Hamp* ... Zutty* - Drumology (EP, Comp) RCA Victor, RCA Victor Germany 1955 Sell This Version
MG V-2123 Louis Bellson - Drum Foolery / Satin Doll album art Louis Bellson Drum Foolery / Satin Doll(7") Verve Records MG V-2123 US 1960 Sell This Version
Louis Bellson - Drum Boogie album art Gene Krupa / Louis Bellson Gene Krupa / Louis Bellson - Drum Boogie Verve Records Germany Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

Louis Bellson - Big Bands! album art Louis Bellson / Mills Blue Rhythm Band* Louis Bellson / Mills Blue Rhythm Band* - Big Bands! (Comp) Onyx Records (3), Onyx Records (3) US 1972 Sell This Version
Louis Bellson - The Best Of Louie Bellson album art Louie Bellson* The Best Of Louie Bellson (Comp) Pablo Records Indonesia 1980 Sell This Version

Videos

2303 Louis Bellson - Cobham Meets Bellson album art Cobham* Meets Bellson* Cobham* Meets Bellson* - Cobham Meets Bellson(DVD-V, NTSC) V.I.E.W. Video 2303 US 2007 Sell This Version

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