A colleague of mine, Carlos Rull, recently posted a Buddy Rich drum solo. I always knew Buddy was a great drummer, but, I never really knew about him until his older days when he was known to be somewhat of a ‘colorful’ character. His legendary rants often precede his reputation as an incredible musician.
Seeing this video blew my mind! Rich’s sheer artistry and technique are spectacular. As much as I love music of all genres and technical prowess, highbrow classical to 3 chord punk, the level of artistry you are about to witness is one of my favorite parts of listening to music. The total control over every note, rhythm and sound only a true master can offer.
Carlos is a great drummer himself…make sure you check out his blog!!
…At least that is what they say. Anyway, I am always happy and proud to share support (links or ?) of others who are passionate about their craft!
Here are a few folks who have linked or promoted my website and now its my chance to pay it forward. Thanks everyone!!
Been having fun chatting regularly with a few fellow music bloggers. Mixolydianblog for all things music focusing on composition, ethnomusicology and of course a love of the GUITAR! Heavy Metal Overload A great read for all types of music, as well as, Heavy Metal. Last but not least Zombiemisntrel another comprehensive music blog also leaning towards rock and metal!
I remember being a little rocker in training and one of my first teachers were the Mighty Zep, Led Zeppelin. Before I could really join the party and know what the band was all about, besides a handful of songs, their drummer John Bonham passed away on this day September 25, 1980. So sad and a bummer that as soon as I got into the band there would never be any ‘real’ new Led Zeppelin music. No more tours. No more Zeppelin.
Sure there has been a few attempts to revive the brand, but, none of them ever lived up to the original. I have seen Jimmy Page solo, great show, Page & Plant in the 90’s, great show, but just not Led Zeppelin. If there was any show I could go back in time to hear and see, a real Led Zeppelin show in their prime would definitely be atop of the list.
The whole Bonham passing still seems surreal to me to this day. I remember hearing about it as a kid but not truly understanding the finality of it all and the lasting impact and hole the Rock n Roll world was left with.
RIP John Bonham a great musician and unfortunately a true rock star.
Also check out Bonham’s legendary drum solo, “Moby Dick”
I love this song! I cant hear it and not relax. It soothes my brain like no other song I can think of.
There are certain recordings that you hear and know the stars were aligned as it was being created and for Horace Silver’s, “Lonely Woman,” it might have been the stars, the planets and the universe all in phase, much like my last Music to Relax post of Miles Davis’, “Blue in Green.”
The song is mellow in it’s sonicity but has an intensity that breathes life into it’s dulcet tones.
Silver creates the relaxed mood in Lonely Woman in a handful of ways.
-First, his quartet is downsized to a trio of piano, bass and drums.
-The spacing is so open rhythmically and sonically. Rhythmically, the bass line and drum accents are almost entirely half notes.
-Brushes are used on the drums to lighten the percussive nature.
-The chords Silver uses on the piano accompaniment are mostly open spacings with just the right dissonances mixed in.
-When soloing Silver uses pentatonic scales which eliminates chromaticism.
The intensity comes when he does blend chromaticism and dissonances to contrast the vibe of the piece. Then the final bars just lift you up.
You have to think if more people were exposed to this piece the world would be a better place.