A Perfect Drum Track

con struct

Platinum Member
Anyway that's what I'm calling it. I thought of this song tonight for no reason. I remember liking it very much when it first came out.

Hearing it again I'm struck by the simply great playing of Jim Keltner. This is a perfect drum track. It grooves so beautifully, it's not pushed or overstated, it's just there. The way he sets up for the next section without getting in the way of all that good singing and picking and strumming...masterful.

Listen to the way he sets up the "Everybody's got somebody" part. This is a guy who knows how the drums, recorded drums, are supposed to sound in a song like this.

It's a work of art, this drum track.

This is what it's about, lads. Go and do likewise.
 

bobdadruma

Platinum Member
Classic great groovin for sure Jay.
I always enjoyed Jim's playing.
I was just watching that video about a month ago.
I shared it with a sig other of mine.
She also had fine memories of that tune and she enjoyed hearing it again.
She commented on how cool Roy was when he stepped up for his part.
 

Pocket-full-of-gold

Platinum Member
How uncanny. My wife threw on TW Vol1. on Sunday. I commented then how long it'd been since I'd heard that album. Thanks for another walk down memory lane. Cool drumming, cool group, cool players, cool vibe. So glad they made those two albums (especially volume 1) before Roy and George dropped off the perch.
 

8Mile

Platinum Member
Great thread idea. Here's my nomination: http://youtu.be/_Casu1yaobY

The drummer is Dennis McDermott. There is so much to love about this track. It's got a deep pocket, but it's very expressive. McDermott plays with such taste and creativity in the transitions. For me, these parts are perfect.
 

DrumEatDrum

Platinum Member
When I think of the perfect drum track, two come to mind:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbG6M28UkFg
One hand, it's simple, but there are layers of subtlety, and just an amazing feel. It's not that hard to play, but he makes it sound like a million bucks.




The other is this one
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqML7WbOun8&ob=av2n
Despite just being drum beat #1 everyone learns, it's just executed so perfectly that I sit there and think, how did he do that? It's just so perfect, it's sick.
 

tamadrm

Platinum Member
Anyway that's what I'm calling it. I thought of this song tonight for no reason. I remember liking it very much when it first came out.

Hearing it again I'm struck by the simply great playing of Jim Keltner. This is a perfect drum track. It grooves so beautifully, it's not pushed or overstated, it's just there. The way he sets up for the next section without getting in the way of all that good singing and picking and strumming...masterful.

Listen to the way he sets up the "Everybody's got somebody" part. This is a guy who knows how the drums, recorded drums, are supposed to sound in a song like this.

It's a work of art, this drum track.

This is what it's about, lads. Go and do likewise.
Always one of my favorite (as was posted in another thread...slow drummers)players.The man crafts a tune.He thinks about where every single note is going and why.

I guess I don't get guys that criticize players like Keltner,Ringo,Aronoff for playing "too simply".I think its harder to sit in the pocket sometimes and just play for the song,than to stretch out with a lot of fills.Sometimes less is more,and more is more...not so much.

Steve B
 
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