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Sloppy Drums ruin what could have been a good listen

Don't be fooled by the preview snippets, the album is single handedly ruined by Don Alias's and Victor Lewis's drum playing. The notes on the album you can find elsewhere indicate that these songs were all first takes to imbue some sort of spontaneity. That is all fine and well when you have the skills to keep good time. Steve Swallow and the others I'm sure can keep excellent time and you can tell they are constantly fighting with the drums to keep everything together, most notably on "Hommage". I really cannot recommend this album because the drums are falling out of time every couple of measures. Neither Lewis nor Alias really has the chops to keep up. It's really kind of obnoxious how out of time they are and don't be deceived IT IS NOT ON PURPOSE.

Biography

Genre: Jazz

Percussionist par excellence Don Alias remains best known for his work at the vanguard of the fusion movement, exploring both sides of the jazz-rock equation via contributions to landmark sessions headlined by Miles Davis and Joni Mitchell. Born Charles Donald Alias in New York City on Christmas Day 1939, he was the son of Caribbean immigrants and grew up in Harlem, where he absorbed the lessons of neighborhood Cuban and Puerto Rican hand drummers. While in high school, Alias played conga with the...
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Sep 13, 2002

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