This biography of Sidney Catlett comes directly from http://www.jazzandroots.com/big-sid-catlett.html. I credit the original site — the “Jazz and Roots Club” found in Shrewsbury, England (I presume) so that readers know I am reporting rather than inventing.
Big Sid Catlett, was one of the large battery the swing era and one of the few who crossed stylistic boundaries smoothly without loss of quality would suffer. Born in Indiana and learned to play the piano as a child before the school band will pass to the battery.
It is remarkable in its contribution to the combos that organized the great clarinetist, Benny Goodman and his final year career before he died following a heart attack, was with “All Star” by Louis Armstrong where he spent his last years in the odor of popularity.
Now I understand much more than I did. The reason for Sidney’s wondrous inventiveness was his large battery (more volts, more swing). And he never lost quality while crossing stylistic boundaries (are those crossings rather like going through Customs at the border or more like passing through the metal detector at the airport?). Finally — there’s something in the air. A scent, light, elusive, entrancing. Not Chanel; not fresh hot coffee; not the scent of new-mown hay: no! It’s the odor of popularity.
I’m always glad to see that anyone’s paying attention to my heroes, but word-for-word translation has its limits.