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Default Gary Chester on Developing Good Time

SKF NOTE: I found the full transcript from my 1983 interview with Gary Chester, published that year in the April Modern Drummer. The transcript is about twice as long as a typical MD feature interview at that time, suggesting Gary shared words of wisdom beyond those in his interview.


Nick Fatool

Scott K Fish: How did you develop good time?

Gary Chester: I studied time. Time is the whole essence of playing. Davey Tough, Nick Fatool, and another cat who just died in a fire, Morey Feld. These guys are not soloists or nothing, but their time is so gorgeous. I love time.

SKF: Did you use to talk to Davey Tough about time?

GC: We use to sit and play brushes all night. Him and I.


Dave Tough

SKF: With a metronome?

GC: No. Just between ourselves on a cardboard box. What grooves we use to get! That's the trouble with the younger generations. They don't know time as well as they should.

SKF: Until you started session work you never messed with a metronome?


Morey Feld

GC: No. I never had to play with a metronome because God gave me something inside me. I have a born-in quarter note. So I don't have to worry about that. But, when I went into records there was no click track playing. It was just the pulse of the room.*

I don't think you can show me a record that starts and ends in the same tempo, which is acceptable.

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Default Re: Gary Chester on Developing Good Time

Great post. This says it all.
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Default Re: Gary Chester on Developing Good Time

'born-in quarter note'...what more could a drummer ask for.
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Default Re: Gary Chester on Developing Good Time

Another gem Scott--thanks for posting.

"It was just the pulse of the room." Dig that.
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