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Old 09-08-2010, 03:36 PM
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I was watching this clip of Marianne Faithfull
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhPPJ5dolxU

And it make me think of this Marianne Faithfull clip
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWkKIBpQG9g [rude word alert]

Night and day ... like a whole different woman.

Then you get a group like ACDC who haven't changed an iota for 40 years. But I'm not wondering about those sorts of groups.

Then I thought about drummers who have changed styles. My old fave Bill Bruford was a very different animal with Yes in the early 70s to his jazz groups post-2000.

Any other drummers you know who have turned their style around?
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Old 09-08-2010, 04:00 PM
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Steve Smith is the only one that comes to mind. I was also going to say Jack De Johnette and Max Roach, guys who sounded very different in the beginning but that would be more of a natural evolution rather than turning a style around.

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Old 09-08-2010, 04:02 PM
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Old 09-08-2010, 04:32 PM
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I started out playing mainly death metal, and now I play a lot of latin stuff, funk, jazz...
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Old 09-08-2010, 04:42 PM
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Me too, but only my dog cares! :-)

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Old 09-08-2010, 06:04 PM
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I agree, Steve Smith jumps out the most.

As for bands as a whole, Rush sticks out, having gone through many different phases in their career.
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:35 PM
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I was watching a Rod Stewart clip from the late 70s when he was doing disco and new wave. A far cry from his earlier rock days; and then he did the songbooks. His interpretations were not my cup of tea, but he certainly is a morphing muso.

Billy Cobham is someone who has put out a solo album damn near a year or so for the last 40 years. From his early days with Horace Silver and Miles, Brecker Bros and Mahavishnu. He has also worked with Jazz is Dead and Bobby and the Midnights. He also did smooth jazz with Najee and Larry Carlton. It is one pretty illustrious career.

Lenny White is another one who has played with a variety of artists and style early with Miles, Freddie Hubbard and Chick and has worked in R and B and hip hop and with Dianne Reeves. A worked with a guy several years back who toured eastern Europe with Lenny and he is a hip hop artist who is huge in that area.

So many of these guys are doing so many different gigs. Mike Clark, Gadd, Vinnie . . .
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Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) began his drumming career, 1st as a Jazzer and 2nd as a Bluesier then Sabbath. By the way, if you listen to Sabbath's first album is pure dark blues.
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i know that charlie watts has done a lot of jazz combo drumming in later years, which i know is a far cry from what he's done with the rolling stones. he may have always been into jazz though so i don't know if you could correctly say he's "morphed".
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Like Bernhard, Luke and Ian, my playing is morphing, but I don't own a dog to to care about it ...

Steve Smith, eh? How has he changed? I had a Michal Urbaniak album with him playing on it and he doesn't seem so different today. His playing then reminded me a bit of the guy from Spyro Gyra - clean and crisp fusion drumming.

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i know that charlie watts has done a lot of jazz combo drumming in later years, which i know is a far cry from what he's done with the rolling stones. he may have always been into jazz though so i don't know if you could correctly say he's "morphed".
Yes, I was thinking of Charlie too. Like BB, he was always a jazz-head but ended up playing rock until he could afford to follow his main passion.
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Bernhard, we do care...of course if you posted more clips of your playing we could revel in your transition...

I have morphed a lot in the last 40 years...started out more jazz/big band, played a lot of country with my father's band and the last 6 years much more rock...

When I think of musicians who are constantly morphing John Mayer comes to mind...very pop to the John Mayer Trio stage, etc..
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Phil Collins certainly comes to mind!

Listen to his playing with early Genesis in the 70's and then with his solo albums of the 80's.

Songs like Dance on a Volcano and The Musical Box are light years away from Sussudio and Groovy Kinda Love.


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A bit of a different case, but Rick Marotta moved from session drumming to producing and scoring.
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It comes to my mind - Dave Grohl (Nirvana) who moved a step forward to become the front-man and guitar player for Foo Fighters. Not very often, he goes back to play the drums.
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