Friday, September 27, 2013

VOQOTD: Lew Tabackin on Billy Higgins

“Playing with Billy was like heaven. He was the greatest collaborator in the history of jazz. He played exactly right for you at exactly the right time. His dynamics were perfect, he balanced his energy off of your energy. It was the perfect ratio between his intensity and your intensity. I remember one time a friend of mine played with Billy. I said 'hey how was it playing with Higgins.' He said, 'you know I was expecting more energy.' I said, 'no man that's not the way it works. He plays off your energy. He your energy is low, he's not going to kick your ass.'

I did a month tour with Billy and Charlie Haden and every night was perfect. There wasn't one time where you thought; 'we'll he's not having a good night.' I've never experienced anything like that since. That consistently musical swinging creative reality. I could hear the harmony when he would play the drums.”
—Lew Tabackin on Billy Higgins

Quote courtesy of the Jake Feinberg Show. He's got a ton of great interviews with famous jazz musicians at his site. You can also follow him on Facebook.

1 comment:

Ed Pierce said...

Thanks for sharing that, Todd. Billy was the best. My favorite live drum performance was seeing him perform with Joshua Redman, Pat Metheny and Christian McBride in 1993. It had a everything you could want out of a drumming performance--time, technique, swing, musicality, creativity, etc. I've often said that my experience seeing him perform was like seeing things in color for the first time after living a life seeing everything in black and white.