Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Modern Drummer Interviews Jim Kelter At Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp





Charlie Watts' Favorite Drummers






Chet Falzerano has written a fascinating book about Charlie Watts’ favorite drummers, who might come as a surprise to Stones fans and many rock drummers, because it turns out that the drummer for the greatest (oldest?) rock band in the world is also a jazz drummer, and his drumming heroes are both jazz and rock drummers. Charlie has his own traditional swing band in England. Not too many realize that Watts was playing jazz gigs when the Stones hired him. He studied the masters and crafted his unique and simple Stones drumming style and feel not by mistake, but by understanding and respecting the achievements and styles of those who had gone before him. 

We already know Chet is a superb writer but this particular book is one of those that will sit on your night stand for many weeks. Charlie Watts is a private man of few words. His avoidance of interviews and not wanting to talk about himself, his drumming or the Stones is legendary. But one thing Charlie did have a good bit to talk about over the years were HIS favorite drummers. So, without an interview with Charlie, Chet has taken Charlie’s quotes from nearly fifty years of interviews by other writers and fleshed each chapter out with his own scholarly knowledge. Each chapter is a gem. This book should be required reading for any drum set course in college.

There are twenty six very famous drummers profiled in this book who span the twentieth century and the entire history of modern drum set drumming: Chico Hamilton, Phil Seamen, Kenny Clark, Davey Tough, Big Sid Catlett, Papa Jo Jones, Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Art Blakey, shelly Manne, Jake Hanna, Mickey Roker, Billy Higgins, Art Taylor, Elvin Jones, Joe Morello, Paul Motion, Dannie Richmond, Philly Joe Jones, Tony Williams, Billy Cobham, Ginger Baker, Jerry Allison, Earl Phillips, Al Jackson JR. and Jim Keltner. Thanks for writing such a comprehensive, educational and very entertaining book, Chet.

Published by Centerstream and distributed by Hal Leonard. Buy at Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/1574243381?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&ref_=aga_p_pl_ge_title




Monday, March 6, 2017

John Mayer - The Search For Everything







John Mayer - The Search For Everything
Columbia 88985416592 (2017)





Track Listing:
1. Still Feel Like Your Man    
2. Emoji Of A Wave    
3. Helpless    
4. Love On The Weekend    
5. In The Blood    
6. Changing    
7. Theme From 'The Search For Everything'    
8. Moving On And Getting Over    
9. Never On The Day You Leave    
10. Rosie    
11. Roll It On Home    
12. You're Gonna Live Forever In Me









Personnel:
Jim Keltner - drums (11)
John Mayer - guitar, vocals, producer
Pino Palladino - bass
Steve Jordan - drums, percussion
James Fauntleroy, Larry Goldings - keyboards
Aaron Sterling - percussion, drums
Davide Rossi - strings
Al Jardine, Matt Jardin, Tiffany Palmer - backing vocals
Greg Leisz - guitar
Chad Franscoviak, Martin Pradler - producer





Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Conor Oberst - Salutations







Conor Oberst - Salutations
Nonesuch Records 0075597940183 (2017)





Track Listing:
1. Too Late To Fixate
2. Gossamer Thin
3. Overdue
4. Afterthought
5. Next Of Kin
6. Napalm
7. Mamah Borthwick (A Sketch)
8. Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out
9. Barbary Coast (Later)
10. Tachycardia
11. Empty Hotel By The Sea
12. Anytime Soon
13. Counting Sheep
14. Rain Follows The Plow
15. You All Loved Him Once
16. A Little Uncanny
17. Salutations









Personnel:
Jim Keltner - drums, percussion, producer
Conor Oberst - vocals, guitar, producer
Ian Felice - vocals, guitar
James Felice - vocals, accordion
Josh "Christmas Clapton" Rawson - bass
Greg Farley - fiddle
David Estabrook - drums
Jim James - vocals, guitar
Blake Mills - vocals, guitar
Maria Taylor - vocals
M Ward - vocals, guitar
Gillian Welch - vocals
Gus Seyffert - vocals, guitar
Pearl Charles - vocals
Nathaniel Walcott - piano
Jonathan Wilson - vocals, guitar





Rita Coolidge ‎- Fool That I Am







Rita Coolidge ‎- Fool That I Am
A&M Records 2281-S (1980)





Side One:
Fool That I Am


Side Two:
Can She Keep You Satisfied










Personne:
Jim Keltner, Sammy Creason - Drums
Rita Coolidge - Vocals
Stephen Bruton, Dean Parks, Fred Tackett - Guitars
Dennis Belfield, Bob Glaub, Tommy McClure - Bass
Booker T. Jones - Keyboards, Arranger
Mike Utley - Keyboards, Arranger 
Dorothy Ashby - Harp
Priscilla Coolidge-Jones, Donny Gerrard, Booker T. Jones, Michael McDonald, John Seiter - Backing Vocals
Jules Chaikin - Conductor
Richie Cannata - Horns, Arranger





Monday, February 27, 2017

Rita Coolidge ‎- Don't Cry Out Loud







Rita Coolidge ‎- Don't Cry Out Loud
A&M Records AMP-1035 (1978)






Side One:
Don't Cry Out Loud

    
Side Two:
Sweet Inspiration








Personne:
Jim Keltner, Sammy Creason - Drums
Rita Coolidge - Vocals
Stephen Bruton, Dean Parks, Fred Tackett - Guitars
Dennis Belfield, Bob Glaub, Tommy McClure - Bass
Booker T. Jones - Keyboards, Arranger
Mike Utley - Keyboards, Arranger 
Dorothy Ashby - Harp
Priscilla Coolidge-Jones, Donny Gerrard, Booker T. Jones, Michael McDonald, John Seiter - Backing Vocals
Jules Chaikin - Conductor
Richie Cannata - Horns, Arranger





John Mayer - The Search For Everything-Wave Two






John Mayer - The Search For Everything-Wave Two
Columbia Download Files (2017)





Track Listing:
1. Still Feel Like Your Man
2. Emoji Of A Wave
3. Helpless
4. Roll It On Home





Personnel:
Jim Keltner - drums (4)
John Mayer - guitar, vocals, producer
Pino Palladino - bass
Steve Jordan - drums, percussion
James Fauntleroy, Larry Goldings - keyboards
Aaron Sterling - percussion, drums
Davide Rossi - strings
Al Jardine, Matt Jardin, Tiffany Palmer - backing vocals
Greg Leisz - guitar
Chad Franscoviak, Martin Pradler - producer





Jim James - Eternally Even






Jim James - Eternally Even
Capitol Records B002577202 (2016)






Track Listing:
1. Hide In Plain Sight
2. Same Old Lie
3. Here In Spirit
4. The World's Smiling Now
5. We Ain't Getting Any Younger Pt. 1
6. We Ain't Getting Any Younger Pt. 2
7. True Nature
8. In The Moment
9. Eternally Even









Personnel:
Jim Keltner - Drums, Percussion (2)
Jim James - Vocals, Bass, Cover, Guitar, Keyboards, Organ, Producer, Programmer, Synthesizer
Brian Reitzell - Drums
Chris Dave, David Stephen Givan - Drums, Percussion
Joseph Lorge - Backing Vocals
Kevin Ratterman - Programmer, Synthesizer
Blake Mills - Producer, Keyboards, Bass, Drums, Synthesizer, Percussion, Timpani
Charlie Gabriel - Saxophone
Rob Moose - Strings, Synthesizer
Joan Shelley, Shungudzo Kuyimbia - Vocals