The talent of Louie Bellson has been recognized world wide for many years. Love of and dedication to music, fostered at a young age by his father, prepared Bellson for the bands of Ted FioRito, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey and Duke Ellington. In this special interview, Bellson discusses the many facets of his career, his innovative double bass drum concept and the function of the drummer within a big band.
At the helm of Fleetwood Mac, Mick Fleetwood is one of rock's most popular musicians. Fleetwood discusses his drums, the requirements of the recording studio and the importance of playing within your limitations to retain tension within the music. According to Fleetwood, "Drums are there to compliment. The rhythm section is there to be subservient to…the vocals and the music."
A 'natural' drummer, Roy Haynes has played with an array of jazz artists throughout his career, including Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Sarah Vaughan and John Coltrane. Haynes reminisces about the artists he has played with and explains how he approaches each new musical challenge that faces him.