Russ Kunkel – Edge Of Seventeen

When it comes to major hits you can’t go much better than this. “Edge Of Seventeen” has immortal status on radio airplay. But let’face it, the true reason for this post is that verse.

Russ Kunkel is the drummer here. He was a guy deeply involved in the singer/songwriter heydays that conquered the US during the 70s.

I don’t know yet whose idea that verse beat was but it’s so odd it actually works. By accenting the offbeat he’s givin the song a sense of anticipation that really blends well with the vocal part. Needless to say, it holds a lot more the ground for that straight 16th hitmaking chorus.

This came out 16 years ago…

Boy, time flies. I was only 10 when the first singles from “Parachutes” came to light. I remember both “Trouble” and “Shiver” being on heavy rotation in the golden MTV years.

Being a teenager during the 00s its easy to see why I can’t say a single bad thing about this band. They re stuck in “hard drive”, can’t erase them, can’t change the station when one of their early stuff is going on.

For what is worth, Parachutes is a pretty DARN GOOD record. When it came out, surely everyone accused the band for ripping off Radiohead. Now, I ‘ve previously stated what’s my opinion on “stealing” and I pretty much think the same in this case. These guys embraced influences, airplay and always had a very good connection with music that’s not considered “shitty radio songs”. At least for the most part of their career…

The Sound of Joe Morello

Been a long time but summer is busy here. Got a bunch of posting ideas soon to be published.

Today’s subject, mr. Joe Morello. The guy that made people sing the drum solo due to the massive hit material of Dave Brubeck Quartet’s in “Time Out”.

As it occurs, I’m really trying to get my feet on the ground on jazz comping. My opinion is that -as in everything we do- you gotta find the sound that suits for you. It would be like an example you can always steal and rely on.

Being a rock drummer myself, you can tell that comping is not my strong suit. I took me years to throw away the concept of playing swing without thinking strictly the ride pattern. I believe that’s a major step. But in the long way I still have I have the difficult task to make my kit sound good while doing so.

Enter Joe Morello, the guy with the rockiest bass drum and tom tuning during the ’60s jazz era. It’s easy to tell when its him banging the skins mainly due to his signature tom phrasing tonality.

I ‘ve never seen the Dave Brubeck Quartet play a standard before and I’m glad this upload exists cause you can really delve into Morello’s thinking. Like most of the drummers I like he’s always on the hunt for THAT lick tha will make every song part bounce and feel light/heavy/danceable whatever you name it.

He’s got the sound I would go after… I’ll see you again in 50 years then…