Louie Bellson

Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni, aka Louie Bellson, died on Saturday. Louie was the pioneer of the double bass drum set–something seen frequently among hard rock and heavy metal drummers today. Interestingly, other than Louie and Ed Shaugnessy, I can’t think of any other Jazzers who used two basses. Anyway, here’s to you, Louie.

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