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  1. hawker

    Did anyone catch the SNL musical guest last week

    Agree. And smashing a guitar when you can barely lift it to begin with....it's just lame and reminds me of a two year old who is threatening to beat you up unless you take him for ice creme.
  2. hawker

    Chick Corea has passed away

    I believe Mr. Scott Fish is a long time member here. I don't mean to usurp his valuable contributions in any way....but I thought I would post this will all kudos and ownership to Mr. Fish. Can you imagine Chick Corea changing the way Steve Gadd played drums to such a great extent? I used to...
  3. hawker

    Drumming's Biggest Crab Apples: A Top 50 List in Progress

    Thanks for the link, great info.
  4. hawker

    Drumming's Biggest Crab Apples: A Top 50 List in Progress

    That's for sure, never heard a bad word about Gene and when I met him in the 70s he went out of his way to be nice and accommodating. Of course everyone has their bad days, as my wife reminds me. :)
  5. hawker

    Ten Drumming Chameleons Who Can Blend Into Any Style

    Wow...that was killer indeed!!!
  6. hawker

    Ten Drumming Chameleons Who Can Blend Into Any Style

    To be fair, the second paragraph of the article does mention Vinnie. Publishers like "Top 10" lists because it sells and it's a quick read as opposed to Top 50. So Vinnie gets his mention before they even get to the Top 10....as he should.
  7. hawker

    Jazz Reading

    Right on with all these books, great reads. And of course Mel Torme's bio of Buddy as well.
  8. hawker

    DO ANY OF YOU GRUNT WHEN YOU PLAY?

    Hmm, that makes sense. I'm a Jarrett fan but it can really get out of control at times and in my opinion, does ruin the music and the experience. I grunt when I play but if I had recieved all the complaints that Keith has, I would take it to heart. In Keith's case, it seemed to get worse with...
  9. hawker

    OT: Anyone Own a Mini Cooper?

    Thanks much, very interesting and helpful. Love the color, wheels and stripes on your car. But the weiner car must be a bear to parallel park. :)
  10. hawker

    OT: Anyone Own a Mini Cooper?

    Both cars incredible but that Lambo is breathtaking. Unfortunately, I don't have a pilot's license and I sense you'd need one for that. It's insane.
  11. hawker

    OT: Anyone Own a Mini Cooper?

    Guys, I had NO idea I'd hear from so many of you....and thanks. One thing I'll add, I'll be buying (if I do buy one) an automatic transmission. I've had two long term Miatas and I loved driving the stick shift. But this car is just a tad quieter and a bit more refined inside...while still...
  12. hawker

    Poll: Are you a Buddy Rich fan? Yes or No

    Very true. I'm 71 and grew up in NY with very blue collar family. Neither of my parents graduated High School and my Mom worked in a factory and my Dad sold aluminum siding and then finally because a car salesman. My Dad was also a very difficult alcoholic....with the occasional police...
  13. hawker

    Poll: Are you a Buddy Rich fan? Yes or No

    You really nailed it dcrigger. I also know more than a few players in the band and as you said, all of them said that those rants were very rare. Yes they happened but very seldom. Now I don't think Buddy was a sweet heart looking to make friends with everyone on the band....but he did...
  14. hawker

    OT: Anyone Own a Mini Cooper?

    Yes indeed and I Yes indeed and I have already found the (multiple) MINI forums. But it's a little like asking this forum if playing drums is fun? My Dad sold cars for 36 years and while your Dad trumps mine (My Dad is tougher than your Dad? ) :) ...I have come away with a little...
  15. hawker

    OT: Anyone Own a Mini Cooper?

    Well said and I'm not sure I'm that guy?. Been driving Hondas, Toyotas and Mazdas for a very long time and essentially they are bulletproof. The Japanese have really turned the car market upside down since they entered it in the late 60s. Change the oil regularly and they seem to go forever...
  16. hawker

    OT: Anyone Own a Mini Cooper?

    HA! Thanks, I have already watched this and understand where he's coming from.
  17. hawker

    Who Has (and Hasn't) Worked Their Way through Stick Control?

    Happy to hear you have something more to keep you occupied. We're the same age and guess we have both come to the conclusion that it's nice and fulfilling to keep getting better at your craft...but alas, it doesn't necessarily turn you into Buddy, Elvin, Gadd or Jeff Hamilton. Blessings!
  18. hawker

    I hope this isn't a trend.

    I think I'm getting too old for this forum. I'm getting embarrassed to admit I'm down to a four piece kit than I can fit in a car smaller than a Suburban.
  19. hawker

    OT: Anyone Own a Mini Cooper?

    My entire life (I'm 71) ALL of my cars had to be big enough to carry a set of drums. However I'm a bit of a car guy and recently I've gotten pretty interested in the newer Mini Cooper. I've read ALL the horrible things about this car but since BMW has actually taken over the building of them...
  20. hawker

    Who Has (and Hasn't) Worked Their Way through Stick Control?

    I was handed this book in 1969. To date, I have gotten to pg. 10. :) But don't forget Wilcoxon and Jim Chapin. Not to mention the Buddy Rich book...I believe really written by his friend Henry Adler. It would be interesting to know how many of these Mr. Gadd has gone through....I think I...
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