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Old 03-11-2015, 02:49 PM
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Default This is a great interview with Jeff Pocaro

Really like his every man type attitude.

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Old 03-11-2015, 05:29 PM
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Geez, I miss that guy.
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Old 03-11-2015, 07:31 PM
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Geez, I miss that guy.
Yea, it would be interesting to hear his take on today's reality.
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What a great interview. What an in touch guy.
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Interesting passages how he describes you can still apply emotion and 'feel' to parts of songs (say chorus vs. verse) even when playing along to a click.
Also never knew he never played drum solos.
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Old 03-11-2015, 08:47 PM
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I watched it earlier today. Excellent. Not shy about his views.
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Old 03-11-2015, 09:51 PM
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This cat couldn't not groove, even in the way he conversed. Crap, you listen to him talk and he makes that feel good.

Love this video and wish we still had him.
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Old 03-11-2015, 11:24 PM
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I watched that video a few weeks ago. What I love is his honesty. It shows that even the greats have trouble sometimes in some areas and often have to play beats they're uncomfortable with. Duh! I know. But at least he didn't try to hide that and pretend as if he can do it all with no problem.
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Jeff's my hero.
Whenever I'm concerned about keeping a groove going for a tune, I'll refer back to some of his solid work to refresh my mind/muscle memories, reminding simple & steady is GREAT.
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Old 03-13-2015, 01:25 AM
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Great interview. Listening to him talk simultaneously impresses me and makes me feel not so bad about my own drumming. One of only a handful of drummers I aspire to be like.
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Old 03-13-2015, 01:47 AM
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Gone WAY too soon. We truly miss you Jeff....
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Old 03-13-2015, 02:11 AM
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My hero too. A monster drummer but self-effacing.
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Yeah, I should watch that weekly.
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Old 03-13-2015, 12:06 PM
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MARCH 8, 2015
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Steely Dan Sunday: Katy Lied turns 40 this month

When I sit down to think of what else is standout about Katy Lied, there are too many to keep this article even halfway tidy, so here’s just a partial list of what makes this album so damned great:

* Jeff Porcaro, who drummed on every song save for the Great Hal Blaine’s fill-in appearance on “Any World (That I’m Welcome To)”. All of Porcaro’s fills are timely, varying, and succinct. An early display of his signature rock shuffling abilities comes forth on “Black Friday,” and later, an authoritative blues shuffle on “Chain Lightning.” And then there’s “Your Gold Teeth II,” where he ends up sounding like Elvin Jones playing behind John Coltrane. That innate ability to swing so strongly just doesn’t happen with rock drummers but even this early on, Porcaro wasn’t merely a rock drummer.

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Old 03-13-2015, 02:39 PM
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I love playing along to Toto albums at my lockup. The pocket this guy lived in was immense.

Check out Lea on Isolation, it's such a simple groove but yet so hard to get the feel that Jeff does but it's perfect for the song.

Can't wait to see Toto in May! Wish I'd have seem em with Jeff.
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Old 03-13-2015, 07:27 PM
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Really excellent video. Thank you very much.
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I was surprised to hear Jeff say he is not a good reader. I don't think I've ever heard him discuss that topic before. But, based on his family upbringing and the musical company he kept - I would have guessed he was a very good chart reader.

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Nice video showing the insights of a great musician on the drums. I'd trade all the WFD discussions of a lifetime for one hour of Jeff's thoughts.
Thanks for posting it.
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I was surprised to hear Jeff say he is not a good reader. I don't think I've ever heard him discuss that topic before. But, based on his family upbringing and the musical company he kept - I would have guessed he was a very good chart reader.

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Me too, but the guy was so self-deprecating (in a modest way). My sense is that, as with his ability to play amazing shuffles, he maybe downplayed his ability to read charts.

On another note, this interview has prompted me to go back to study Jim Gordon's work more intensively, a project I'm enjoying a lot.
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I liked that he fooled the Sonny & Cher people to think that he was reading. He just has that drummer memory for music. I can't remember where my keys are but I can remember little nuances of a song I haven't heard in 30 years.

I never would have guessed that shuffles were frustating for him early on. What a great guy.

One of the comments on the vid says he was all coked out. I didn't get that impression at all. He looked and sounded healthy to me, unlike some of his later vids where he is clearly having stomach issues.
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Old 03-15-2015, 08:15 AM
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Great interview. He was healthier here than later videos, especially that instructional DVD. He was reaching a breaking point there. Also interesting how he talked about Jim Gordon for two minutes, showing how much Jeff really did worship his playing.
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I loved the concept of social music. Playing together and making it work.
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:40 AM
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Thank you for the link. Such an amazing drummer and person, we lost him far too soon.
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Old 03-16-2015, 04:53 PM
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Sad news today. Jeff's brother, Mike, apparently just passed away.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/16/entert...ead/index.html
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