Re: 14 year old drummer who made me weep.
The Afro C. stuff was truly impressive - that left foot clave and the tricks with the blocks were amazing to watch. Thought his time throughout was really solid and, sure, the 'musicality' might have been weak but this was an exhibition solo to showcase a particular approach to playing the instrument. Nothing wrong with speed and flash - we all love it to some degree, and this kid does it well. Stuff like the WFD and other forms of 'sport drumming' simply add interesting elements to the rich tapestry of percussion.
In the late 80's, my teacher showed me a tape of a kid performing a solo on the "Tonight Show' - don't remember his name (think it was Italian) - and he played like a 9 year old Tony Williams. Very musical. Often wonder what happened to him. And there was this documentary around the same time about a poor African American kid who only had a plastic bucket to play on but was amazing. Anyone know who that was and what happened to him? Think I remember MD helping him out.
Prodigies are always fascinating (regardless of the instrument) and the pressure must be really tough once they're discovered. Unfortunately, there seems to be a high level of burnout and disappointment later in life for many. But some do survive their 'kid genius' trials and grow up to thrive, kids like...Buddy Rich ('Traps').
Oh, and Karl, you're far from 'crap' - I've heard your stuff. Keep it up, man!
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Last edited by Loge; 03-14-2006 at 10:12 PM.
Reason: Tony...Williams, not Royster