I liked the live performance clip in the last one (after the warm up). I guess that shows my bias in jazz… I thought that maybe it would be an old clip with Joe in it. ; )
Yes, well Masayasu Tzboguchi was actually invited onto the stage by his hero Joe but while preparing for his travel we all know why this was not meant to happen due to his tragic death.
My musical direction is towards club/future jazz and not the traditional american way, however I have to admit that this is great stuff:
I am surprised with how uneven his rolls and other basic techniques are, however.
For an example of precise technique combined with astonishing speed and musical creativity, see, e.g., here. Note the clarity and precision of the one-handed rolls, cymbal work, foot work, coupled with dynamic range and timbrel voicing. It almost convinces me that drummers can be musicians.
Impressive agility for his age!
Jon Hiseman, Solo Berlin is my favourite from a foot-tapping perspective.
For those with Tidal:
Buddy Rich. Mean S.O.B. by many accounts but still a benchmark after all these years. Wow.
That is my understanding as well.
There were a number of other spectacular drummers at the time, such as Gene Krupa. There are many good drummers now as well, but few who have the technical aspects down as did the old guard.
So what defines Beat music as separate from other contemporary tempo driven electronica?
I used to be a drummer . . . I played in blues and rock bands but my heart has been in jazz. I have three favorite drummers: Kenny Clarke, Elvin Jones and Tony Williams. These were innovators and extremely influential to the musical world I listen in.
I am familiar with Kenny Clarke. Very innovative and tremendously influential. There was great coverage of his work on the 100th anniversary of his birth a year ago.
Hopefully you’re also familiar with Tony Williams and Elvin Jones? Incredible musical minds that propelled many great jazz sessions.
So many great drummers over the years! Many successful groups would have been less so with different drummers I believe. . . .
Not specifically, but I may recognize some of their work.
My interest in jazz is casual, albeit much greater than my limited interest in rock and other pop music.
Well, Elvin Jones (whose brothers Thad and Hank were also accomplished jazz musicians) was principally known as the drummer for the John Coltrane Quartet and as such greatly influential in jazz and rock genres. And Tony Williams was already an established pro when he joined and transformed the “second” great Miles Davis Quintet at 16 in 1963! He too showed a new path to drumming for jazz and was influential to fusion and rock drummers.
Thanks! Good info. I know the groups, but had no idea of the identity of the drummers. This helps a lot to put things in context.
It is amazing how a single person can have such influence.
That’s the wonder of technology, bringing communication, shrinking the world.