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Barrett Deems

Chicago drummer Barrett Deems recorded Deemus in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in 1978, too long ago for the 84-year-old musician to recall details about the sessionthat has been reissued on CD by Delmark Records.

“People loved it,” says Deems. The CD matches content with the original limited pressing, which sold out. Eight toe-tapping standards allow Deems to show off the talents that earned him the title of “the world’s fastest drummer,” especially on the sprinting pleaser, “Get Happy.”

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