Friday, March 27, 2009
"Give The Drummer Some" : THE WEEKEND MIX
How do you know when a drummer is at your door?
He doesn't know when to come in.
This weekend's mix highlights some of my favorite moments from my favorite drummers.
It's (almost) never about the solo, but the groove and the space. A few here need no introduction, but I will say this about Ringo Starr: if anyone has any doubt about him being one of the greatest rock and roll drummers of all time, this live version of "Roll Over Beethoven" should convert the non-believers.
In terms of creativity, it's hard to beat Bill Bruford's on this King Crimson track from the album "Red."
My favorite drummer still working harder than any musician I have ever known, is New Orleans' great Stanton Moore. It doesn't get badder than this. (You know, when I say "bad," I mean good, right?)This track is from his most recent release on Telarc, "Emphasis! (On Parenthesis)
(Photo taken by me from last night's performance at The Highline Ballroom, featuring Will Bernard, John Medeski, Andy Hess, and Stanton Moore. Review and more pics coming Monday.)
Representing my favorite drummer of all time is the backing track from a song that you all should know. John Bonham was otherworldly, a powerhouse, a madman and a machine.
And here is the man that created that shuffle, BERNARD PURDIE.
Now, I did say "almost" never about the solo. The video at the top of the post is from Frank Sinatra's "Concert For the Americas" from 1982. Here is Buddy Rich with what I think is the single greatest live performance by any drummer. Yes, the solo is sick! But, it's his finesse on the cymbals, his speed, his snare dynamics, and his cool--specifically that move from 2:38-2:42. And he's wearing a tuxedo.
Leaving Here- The Who (KEITH MOON)
Roll Over Beethoven (Live) - The Beatles (RINGO STARR)
Barracuda - Heart (MICHAEL DEROSIER)
(at the) Maple Leaf - Stanton Moore (STANTON MOORE)
Bad Reputation- Thin Lizzy (BRIAN DOWNEY)
Fire - The Jimi Hendrix Experience (MITCH MITCHELL)
She Sells- Roxy Music (PAUL THOMPSON)
One More Red Nightmare- King Crimson (BILL BRUFORD)
Fool In The Rain (Backing track) Led Zeppelin (JOHN BONHAM)