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Old 12-27-2012, 10:20 AM
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Default Re: ...for the jazz cats ...

Originally Posted by 8Mile View Post
Oh hell yeah. I just revisisted this because you guys mentioned it a couple weeks ago.

I agree. Tony was just at a different level. I seriously prefer his playing circa 1963-1965 over anything he did later.

I know he's probably even more famous for the stuff he did years later, like the "blushda" licks, the quarter note on the hats and all the fusion stuff. That's what people seem to remember most, that's what the Lifetime tribute band with Cindy Blackman celebrates.

But, to me, this stuff was the pinnacle of Tony. And maybe jazz drumming in general.

He was so fresh at this point, played stuff so swinging, yet so advanced. His inventiveness seemed to have no limits. No repeating himself, no contrived "licks." His drum sound is so musical. His cymbal sound is the standard for the instrument in this music, for so many.
In total agreement. The early 60's stuff just total blew my mind, and I wasn't a drummer when I first heard this stuff but Tony's playing totally caught my attention... and the cymbal work!...Whoa! Pure magic!
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