Colaiuta sight-reads Hendrix!

aydee

Platinum Member
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http://www.flam.tv/rare-vinnie-colaiuta-in-the-studio/

I guess the hardcore Vinnie-ites know this about his sight reading skills, but here is an excerpt from a Steve Vai quote:

“I’ll tell you a really great Vinnie story. He’s one of the most amazing sight-readers that ever existed on the instrument. One day we were in a Frank rehearsal, this was early ’80s, and Frank brought in this piece of music called “Mo ‘N Herb’s Vacation.” Just unbelievably complex. All the drums were written out, just like “The Black Page” except even more complex.

There were these runs of like 17 over 3 and every drumhead is notated differently. And there were a whole bunch of people there, I think Bozzio was there.”

“Vinnie had this piece of music on the stand to his right. To his left he had another music stand with a plate of sushi on it, okay? Now the tempo of the piece was very slow, like “The Black Page.” And then the first riff came in, [mimics bizarre Zappa-esque drum rhythm patterns] with all these choking of cymbals, and hi-hat, ruffs, spinning of rototoms and all this crazy stuff.
And I saw Vinnie reading this thing.

Now, Vinnie has this habit of pushing his glasses up with the middle finger of his right hand. Well I saw him look at this one bar of music, it was the last bar of music on the page. He started to play it as he was turning the page with one hand, and then once the page was turned he continued playing the riff with his right hand, as he reached over with his left hand, grabbed a piece of sushi and put it in his mouth, continued the riff with his left hand and feet, pushed his glasses up, and then played the remaining part of the bar.”

“It was the sickest thing I have ever seen. Frank threw his music up in the air. Bozzio turned around and walked away. I just started laughing.”

- Steve Vai

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Derek

Silver Member
I love that story. And I don't know when I've enjoyed Manic Depression more than that..
BTW,where did you hear about Flam TV? I'd never heard of it before.
 

DrumEatDrum

Platinum Member
Someone posted that clip a while back.

I'm not sure you can he's sight reading, I'm sure he looked over the chart before hand. And it's a well known Hendrix tune, so I'm sure he's heard the song before.
 

Bernhard

Founder Drummerworld
Staff member
Vinnie doesn't like this Manic Depression Clip. He asked me to remove it from Drummerworld - so i did.

By the way: singer in this clip is Kimo Williams (...agree, sounds like Jimmy!!)

Bernhard
 

aydee

Platinum Member
Thanks for the clarification, B. Derek, a drummer friend mailed me a link. I hadn't heard of it either.. its got some fun stuff. Check out DiCenso & Novak.
 

Pocket-full-of-gold

Platinum Member
Vinnie doesn't like this Manic Depression Clip. He asked me to remove it from Drummerworld - so i did.
I find this very interesting.......and I gotta admit, a little encouraging. It humanises this thing we all choose to do. Even guys like Vinnie put in performances that they're not proud of.
Much like watching Tiger Woods shank one off the tee.......it reminds me we all strive to be better, no matter how good we are.

That said, I did see it last thread and am more than happy to see it again. Vinnie may not feel it's up to scratch, but as I said last time, combining Vinnie AND Hendrix......doesn't get much better to me!
 

Pollyanna

Platinum Member
I find this very interesting.......and I gotta admit, a little encouraging. It humanises this thing we all choose to do. Even guys like Vinnie put in performances that they're not proud of.
Much like watching Tiger Woods shank one off the tee.......it reminds me we all strive to be better, no matter how good we are.
I saw the clip and didn't see any shanking going on. To me it was just Vinnie being, well, Vinnie
 
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