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Old 01-16-2009, 06:08 PM
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Default Re: Tony Williams

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Originally Posted by trkdrmr View Post
Before Tony, playing loudly like he did in jazz was taboo. Sure Elvin and Buddy would have the occasional accent, but never really hit the drums wide open like Tony.

When I heard Tony play "Sister Cheryl" for the 1st time, I had to re-adjust my thinking about how jazz could be played in a modern sense.

And his screaming yellow kit was iconic.

Here is some Tony gettin' it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzkZ8Ikr9L4
Sorry again not true. Elvin and Buddy both played HARD on wide open tuned drums. When I saw Buddy live several times his sound filled the entire room acoustically all the way to the back when he really dug in. Sure Tony played hard but he was not the first. Ever heard of Art Blakey in regards to pre-Tony jazz heavy hitters on wide open tuned drums?

Elvin in particular really played with a very high degree of physical intent at times during his years with Coltrane and the many years to follow. Do your homework on the subject if you don't believe me:

http://www.drummerworld.com/Videos/elvinjoneszach.html
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