There’s nothing about the Los Angeles–based drummer/mixer/producer Joey Waronker that screams for attention, musically or otherwise. But check out this ridiculous track record: Tegan and Sara, Dwight Yoakam, Norah Jones, Danny Elfman, Thurston Moore, M83, Pink, Nelly Furtado, Doobie Brothers, Pete Yorn, Air, Tracy Chapman, Joshua Radin, Gnarls Barkley, Eels, A Fine Frenzy, Emmylou Harris, Rickie Lee Jones, Crowded House, Gavin DeGraw, Five for Fighting, Tracy Bonham, Paul McCartney, the Vines, Natasha Bedingfield, R.E.M., Remy Zero, Smashing Pumpkins, Johnny Cash, Tonic, Poe, Elliott Smith, Rufus Wainwright…. The list goes on and on.
He's made quite a name for himself on the NYC jazz scene—largely by absorbing the intricacies of styles well outside the idiom. Twenty-eight-year-old, Oakland-born Justin Brown plays jazz with a universality and maturity that have made him one of the busiest players in New York City, cutting records and performing with Chris Dingman, Gerald Clayton, Ambrose Akinmusire, Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, Stefon Harris, Esperanza Spalding, Terence Blanchard, Josh Roseman, Gretchen Parlato, Yosvany Terry, and Vijay Iyer. An extremely quick-witted and responsive drummer, Brown is tough to pin down.
It’s almost unbearable. Otis Redding’s immortal recording of “Try a Little Tenderness??? sustains a nearly paralyzing groove tension, helping make it perhaps the quintessential record by the soul legend and a perennial entry on “greatest songs of all time??? lists. The track also perfectly encapsulates Al Jackson Jr.’s profound gifts of musical intuition and masterly restraint, anchored by an astonishingly deep time feel that can be felt on hundreds of classic tracks. In a 1977 interview with Valerie Wilmer for the U.K. magazine Black Music, guitarist session mate Steve Cropper said Jackson “could always pocket it.???
After initially coming together on the 2001 album Pure Rock Fury and again for the 2004 fan favorite Blast Tyrant, Clutch and producer Machine have joined forces once again on the Maryland-based band’s tenth studio album, Earth Rocker.
He’s a free-jazz drummer playing in a Dutch progressive rock band. He finds inspiration in the work of French philosophers and twentieth-century classical composers. And he’s probably the only drummer you’ve heard trade fours on an international rock hit made up of mad flute solos, whistling breaks, and operatic yodeling.
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