I am a big fan of Chuck Brown, one of Terry Bozzio's teachers, and mine.
Maybe as she's not a musician, she hears him differently than we do?That's odd my non musician wife could appreciate the musical foundation of his solo performance.
You misunderstood my post. I never questioned his musicality. Or his rhythmic foundation. In fact I too defended it. The guy is a masterful technician and perfectionist at execution. Yes, they are advanced, formulaic and highly melodic. But I don't have to enjoy listening to his solo work. And let me repeat. I never once said that he doesn't provide rhythmic foundation. Don't put words in my mouth. I'm a huge fan but don't insist that I have to like EVERYTHING he's ever done. Maybe I'm not used to hearing drums playing melodies. That's probably true. But, like I did say, I'm not looking for that from just drums. I like the layers of other instruments. That's just me. I'm not disparaging you for liking his solo work. Don't disparage me for disliking it. I appreciate it. But I don't like it. End of story.Rhythmic foundation?
He plays ostinatos with his feet as the rhythm part of his solos. They are often in odd meters and they are often accompanied with his hands playing in different rhythms over top of it. They may be difficult to understand, but like I’ll defend his musicality to the grave, I will also defend that his solos have as strong a rhythmic foundation as anyone soloing. They are so founded in rhythm he rarely, if ever, goes into an out of time bombastic flurry of madness (which I know drummers and audiences love and what perhaps turns many of you off to his solos) and his tempo is incredibly solid through everything he does.
There is not another drum soloist who is more rhythmically grounded and focused.
The solos are advanced, they’re formulaic, you aren’t used to hearing melodies on drums and they may not resonate with you... But that’s all there is to it. To say it lacks rhythmic foundation is completely false.
I read this differently than you intended I guess...My problem is that I don't look for that kind of musicality in a drummer. I look for a different kind of musicality, one where the drummer is the rhythmic foundation and can use his drums, whether there are 4 or 15, in a musical manner that fits the music that is being played. Terry's approach is that he provides the tonality as evidenced by his solo approach to music. I see drums and their musicality as being part of a group where there is a synchronicity as well as interplay among the various instruments.
Read it again. I wouldn't change anything I wrote. The key part of your confusion is that when I say "I look for a different kind of musicality, one where the drummer is the rhythmic foundation and can use his drums, whether there are 4 or 15, in a musical manner that fits the music that is being played." Notice I don't say that Terry doesn't play musically and I don't say that he doesn't provide a rhythmic foundation. I list numerous criteria to describe what I prefer in a drummer. If you want to take one piece of what I said and pull it out of context, that's your prerogative. But it wouldn't be consistent with what I actually said. I'm not trying to fight with you. We both love the guy. How about we leave it at that?I read this differently than you intended I guess...