Album Review

Ulano, Sam – “Drum Fairy Tales ” – [Self Release]

jack soil   4/5/2006   A Library, CD

I could just call it like the title, but that wouldn’t be much fun. So, I’ll say, if you play this, you’re about to experience a darling outsider-esque burn of a vinyl release to silicon (pops and al) by an Unkle Krakcpot who means well; I suppose. Legendary jazz drummer, Sam Ulano, who’s authored over 2500 instructional drum manuals, must have had some grandkids or neighborhood rapscallions who needed to be babysat, so he grabbed his reliable traps, a copy of Grimm’s fairytales plus his imagination; a tape recorder and proceeded to recite fairy tales that belong in a 50’s swingin’ Catskills days talent show or a one man lounge act someplace off strip in Vega$. Drum Fairy Tales is instructional, pretty hilarious, at times frenetic, and always charming. But I still don’t know if I’d leave my kids with him. His catch phrase on a couple of tracks is, ‘it could happen?. I have no doubt about it; it DID happen for Sam Ulano.


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