Pete decided to share his album with this Legendary Double Bass Drum exponent, when I first heard this album it took my breath away.
He was with Pete pretty well from the start of his Coral/Decca recordings right the way through.
In 1941 he played with trumpeter Bunny Berigan. After the end of World War II Jack, along with a young pianist Henry Mancini, joined Tex Beneke when he took the popular Glenn Miller big band on the road (1946–1949), following Miller’s death. Sperling first gained distinction with the Beneke recording of St. Louis Blues (1948), becoming known for his pioneering, propelling double bass drum solos, his trademark throughout his career. When he played a solo, the melody line remained part of his drum work. His styling, understated and restrained with tight snare drum rolls and tasty ride cymbals behind the big band sounds, set Sperling apart.
Check out wikipedia you will be amazed at this guys wonderful history.
This album has never been re-issued in any format sadly, so let’s have a listen to some great cuts.
“Las Chiapanecas” fantastic interplay between Pete & Jack
“Cute” one of my all time fave tunes by anyone
“Fascinatin’ Rhythm” what can be said about this classic