X©entric Records and Gilson Lavis
'DRUMBABA' SLEEVE NOTE
Pity the poor drummer.
The butt of most jokes in any combo, he or she is also probably the most
crucial member of any rock and roll band. What would The Who's "My Generation",
"Substitute" or "Won't Get Fooled Again" have been without Keith Moon's
incendiary work behind the kit? Then there's The Beatles and The Stones
- Ringo is always cited as the least musically gifted of the Fab Four,
but his incredibly simple but effective drums on "Ticket To Ride", for
example, makes the song. Similarly, "Honky Tonk Women" contains one of
the finest-ever rhythm bases, Charlie Watts being a master of the "less
is more" approach to rattling the traps. Then there's the great jazz players,
such as the hard-hitting Buddy Rich and the cool, spacey Philly Joe Jones,
both masters of a much-maligned art. Let us not forget also that such greats
as Marvin Gaye and Phil Collins started off their musical careers on the
drum stool. Respect is due.
Which brings us to "Drumbaba", a
collection of tracks dedicated to the drums, pure and simple. Gilson Lavis
is a seasoned pro drummer, a positive Rock & Roll veteran of countless
sessions, and many years playing for Squeeze and polyrhythmic mainstay
of the Jools Holland Big Band. Steve White is Paul Weller's drummer of
choice, but has sat in with the James Taylor Quartet in his time, and is
one of the finest of the current crop of British drummers. Simon Difford,
a name maybe new to most fans of stickspersons, is nonetheless a fine player,
a fact borne out by his magisterial playing on this project, and sure to
enter the pantheon of exciting new drummers.
Included on this album is "The Full
Nelson", Gilson and Steve's tribute to Sandy Nelson, the famous one-legged
drummer of the early 60's. Nelson not only took "Let There Be Drums" into
the pop charts, but also composed a track entitled "The History Of The
World", condensing the story of mankind into a mere eight minutes, ending
in an atomic explosion. There's also Steve's charming tribute to his son,
"Samba For Curtis", and Simon's "Platform One", composed whilst waiting
for a train to arrive, prosaically enough. For a project devoted to drumming,
there is much variation in mood and tone, and the contrast in playing styles
and rhythmic approach is something to savour.
"Drumbaba" is, therefore a rich
cake made with love and a whole lotta soul. Make sure you sample it regularly.
Drumbaba Purchase Info
Available now exclusively form X©entric
Records by sending a cheque or postal order for £12 made payable
to S.Maidment, to X©entric Records, 5 Carlton Court, 65 Studley Grange
Road, Hanwell, London, England W7 2LU, Phone 0468 582018 email: Steve@xcessmedia.demon.co.uk.
Please allow 28 days for delivery.
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