Sunday, March 30, 2014

VOQOTD: the drummer's job

I just try to play the compositions, not so much imposing any particular kind of rhythm on any particular tune or composition—but to try and interpret the composition as if I’m an accompanist, fundamentally. And in addition to that, I’m responsible for the consistency of the tempo. And in addition to that, one has to try to give impetus and support and dynamic support to the different soloists and not to overwhelm them in some way that would make them uncomfortable with themselves and with the music in itself.

— Elvin Jones, interview with Chip Stern

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